Duration2-3x 30-45 minute lessons
Students will plan for and play a part in one side of a debate to either advocate for or argue against Costello's way of fishing.
This lesson is part of a unit of work on the text Blueback. It assumes some previous study of the text has already been completed. View the full Unit here.
Students will revisit Student resource sheet: Exposition example in this lesson.
Students will each require a copy of Student worksheet: Exposition template.
Western Australian curriculum
|English||Language||Text structure and organisation||ACELA1531, ACELA1504|
|English||Language||Expressing and developing ideas||ACELA1512|
|English||Literature||Literature and context||ACELT1619|
|English||Literature||Responding to literature||ACELT1621|
|English||Literacy||Interacting with others||ACELY1710, ACELY1720|
|Science||Science as a human endeavour||Use and influence of science||ACSHE100|
- Introduce and explain the elements of a debate – one person/group will present an opinion and reasoning on a particular topic, followed by a response (opposition) on that same topic by the other person/group.
- Revisit Student resource sheet: Exposition example discussing that this represents one side of the debate.
- Split the class into an equal number of groups – half will advocate ‘for’ Costello’s way of fishing whilst the other half will be ‘against’ Costello’s way of fishing.
- Provide students with Student worksheet: Exposition template to assist in the planning of their side of the debate. Students should prepare notes in the format – opinion, reason, explanation of reason and restate opinion.
- Pair groups to debate against each other. Provide each group with a set time limit to present their argument either for or against. Students should actively listen to both sides of the debate to decide which group was more persuasive.
- Engage students in a class discussion about which groups wee more persuasive and why. Questions to consider –
- What language/vocabulary did they use?
- What reasoning made their argument more persuasive?
- Did they provide any evidence to support their argument?