Writing a discussion that includes opposing viewpoints is an important skills for pupils in years 5 and 6.
This pack contains a number of resources to support pupils to plan and write a discursive text about an issue. The resources are based on a model text, with opportunities to debate the issue of where new housing developments should be placed. Pupils can then choose their own debate, or be guided by the teacher, and research and plan their own discursive writing using the worksheets to support them. A model text is included to inspire writing.
This resource includes:
Model text - A new housing development
An example text about a proposed new housing development
Discussion text writing sheet
A PDF containing success criteria as well as grammar skills from UKS2 used in this text type, including cohesive devices and modal verbs
Discussion topic cards
A collection of ideas for pupils to debate and go on to plan and write their own discussion texts
Discussion text writing plan
A worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing
A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work
What is discursive writing?
The purpose of discursive or discussion texts is to provide a balanced overview of a controversial issue or topic, providing two or more viewpoints on an issue. Evidence and examples are used to support differing views. Examples of discursive writing can include books about ‘issues’, debates, letters or leaflets and articles that give a balanced account of a topic or issue.
National Curriculum English programme of study links:
Year 5 /6
Pupils should plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose for writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
Pupils should show degrees of possibility using modal verbs.
Pupils should use devices that create cohesion