Good morning year 5. Today we are going to recap how to write a discussion text. You are then going to write a debate text exploring a questions based on the myth Theseus and the Minotaur.
To recap what a balanced argument looks like:
Watch the videos on this website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7pj7nb
Complete Activity 1 ONLY on this website to help you recap.
A debate is a formal discussion about a subject where people have different views.
Different facts and opinions are presented by each side during the discussion.
Key features of a debate argument:
- an introduction
- facts to support each point
- formal language
- emotive language
- rhetorical questions
- a counter argument
- discourse markers or conjunctions to connect paragraphs
- a strong conclusion
Let’s apply these key feautres to the following argument:
‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’
This is an argument against animals being kept in zoos:
- Introduction – Animals should live in the wild.
- Facts – Zoos cannot provide the amount of space animals have in the wild.
- Formal language – It is always important to consider animal wellbeing.
- Emotive language – Many cages are cramped, dirty and in terrible condition.
- Rhetorical questions – Would you like to live in a cage?
- Repetition – Repeat your main argument after making each point.
- Counter argument – Some will say animals are happy in a zoo, but do we truly know?
- Discourse markers/conjunctions – for example, however, in addition or as well as.
- A strong conclusion.
Your main task is to log into prurple mash, look for today’s todo called ‘Theseus and the Minotaur Your Opinion’.
Refresh yourself of the story:
The instructions are to write an argument text discussing one of the following questions:
– Is Theseus a good or a bad character?
– Is Theseus deserving of being called a hero?
– Is Ariadne a good or a bad character.
Here is an example of a discussion text about Ariadne
In you blog comment, tell us which one you debated and write your best for and against points.
Task 2: Handwriting (Do not write your sentences in your blog comment, read the pink blocks and do what you have been asked please)
DO NOT WRITE YOUR SENTENCES IN THE BLOG COMMENT OR WRITE THE WORD OVER AND OVER. YOUR BLOG COMMENT COMES FROM TASK ONE. MAKE SURE YOU READ IT.