Expressing and Defending Opinions
Cooperative Learning Activity
(Introduction to Writing and Debates
This is a workshop designed to help students to better express and defend their personal opinions. It is an excellent introduction to formal debates and writing 5 paragraph and expository essays. It takes about two days and my students love it. Students participate in cooperative learning groups where first they complete a worksheet. This worksheet contains nine controversial issues. The group must write their opinion on each issue, support each with at least two solid reasons, and then think of a couple of questions to ask other groups.
Next. each group chooses an issue and participates in another cooperative learning activity where the whole class shares and brainstorms ideas for writing and debates. In the culminating activity, each group must either do a presentation on or debate another groups about their issue.
This cooperative learning activity packet contains,
1) AN EXPRESSING OPINIONS AND TAKING A
2) A COOPERATIVE LEARNING WORKSHOP
A) GROUPWORK-EXPRESSING AND
B) BRAINSTORMING AND SHARING IDEAS
C) PRESENTING OR DEBATING AN ISSUE
3) SAMPLE GROUP PRESENTATION AND DEBATE
This activity flies while your kids have fun, learn how to express their opinions, and prepare for writing and formal debates.