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Discussion Writing Teaching Resources

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English Teaching Resources – Discussion Writing  

Non-Fiction Writing

Discussion Writing  teaching resource

60 slide fully editable PowerPoint presentation

16 worksheets

This teaching unit provides opportunities to read, debate and write effective persuasive argument and/or balanced discussions. It focuses on making appropriate language, style and structural choices to meet a particular purpose and audience. 

Topics have been selected to appeal to children’s interests and teachers may use the resources as they are, or adapt them to suit their specific needs. Pupils are required to:

- Identify and discuss elements of persuasion

- Recognise the difference between the expression of a viewpoint and the presentation of a balanced discussion

- Understand how texts can be adapted to suit different purposes and audiences

- Use clear language to present a spoken argument or point of view

- Learn and apply the sophisticated techniques of writing an effective argument

Pupils will have the opportunity to explore issues, some contentious, and carry out their own research in order to speak and write with authority.  They will identify key language, structure and organization of a balanced discussion and apply it in their own writing. Following teacher modeling, children write a balanced and reasoned discussion selecting their own approach and medium for each, to suit their purpose and audience.

Discussion Writing includes the following activities

1.    Sentence warm up activities

2.    Text structure and planning

3.    Research skills

4.    Individual, pair and group work

5.    Creating a plan using a structure

6.    Writing in the present tense and 3rd person

7.    Cross curricular links: Science (Habitats, conservation); Citizenship (ethics, philosophy)

8.    clear introductory statement

9.    use of rhetorical questions

10.    supporting views with evidence

11.    using abstract nouns (truth, justice)

12.    using varied connectives

13.    writing impartially - doesn’t take sides until the end

14.    using ‘weasel words’

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