Debates and persuasive writing are important because they enable you to develop skills that can help you make the right choices to live a happy life.
This week English Teacher Online joins in the, TV is not good for children debate and encourages students to think about both sides of the argument.
A debate is a serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part.
Persuasive writing is defined as presenting reasons and examples to influence action or thought. The writer states an opinion clearly and supplies reasons or specific examples that support each opinion.
How To Prepare For A Debate
Choose your side – either for or against. If you agree that TV is bad for children, then you are ‘for’ – if you disagree then you are ‘against’ the motion.
In your teams, make a list of your main points for or against.
Choose 2 or 3 people to work on each point and brainstorm how you are going to present it.
Prepare a short speech giving one concrete argument to help your team win the debate.
Consider counter arguments – what and how others will try to argue back against your speech!
Rejoin your group and compare what you have written. Choose the best parts and make the argument complete.
Come back to the team and discuss your main points. Rank your arguments so you can win the debate.
Remember that many hands make light work, but too many chefs spoil the broth. Make sure you have a leader or voting system that can sort out any team disputes.
Search online to find some more ideas to fuel your TV is not good for children argument here.
Persuasive writing can and should consider both sides of an argument. Try to discuss each point in order and don’t get too distracted by other points.
In the conclusion you can agree, disagree or decide that both sides have merit. Never be afraid to be your own person!
Please share some of your best arguments or questions in the comment section.