A 6 day plan on formal arguments focusing on the book 'Millions'. The plan may be adapted for any moral dilemmas easily. Children will be introduced to the idea of moral dilemmas and arguing for and against both in a balanced argument.
This planning involves teaching children how to write a balanced argument in a progressive manner. Children will initially watch clips on how to argue in a balanced style. As the week progresses, children will be gathering information needed in order to write a balanced argument for themselves. There is a planning period as well (with resources) to allow children to properly plan their argument, as to ensure it's balanced. There is elements of arguing/debating orally also, which taps into speaking and listening.
By the end of the week, my class were excited to write a balanced argument on a topic they knew a lot about. They were even more excited about turning it into a debate, which can easily be achieved.
Resource includes lots of differentiated activities, SPAG and notebook presentations.
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