English KS1 / KS2: How to write a discussion text

Leah Boleto demonstrates how to write discussion or discursive text with a balanced view, so that both sides of the argument are given and the piece remains objective.

She outlines how to research in different ways to find supporting evidence, such as statistics, which will justify your arguments.

She also demonstrates how to summarise information and write a closing statement.

Keywords and examples, for example, what writing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person means, are clearly explained and presented on the screen to support pupils writing in this genre.

This clip is from the series Literacy Text Types: The Facts About Non-Fiction

Teacher Notes

Ask the pupils as a group to come up with arguements ‘for’ and ‘against’ wearing a school uniform.

They can then watch and check if they predicted the same main reasons as Leah.

Set them the challenge of writing their own discussion piece on a topic using all the techniques outlined by Leah.

You could also use the detailed explanation of writing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person as part of a grammar lesson about pronouns.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st, 2nd Level in Scotland.

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