Tell the children that tomorrow we are going to be writing a balanced argument based on Pig Heart Boy. Remind them of their speeches – we will be writing a balanced argument that this time explores BOTH sides of the argument for whether pig hearts should be transplanted into human children.
Recap page 153 where Dr Bryce is asked a question about the ethics of the transplant. What are some of the reasons he gives about why it is a good thing?
p.188 Letter from the League for the Protection of Animal Rights – discus some of the reasons they are against xenotransplation.
Give children modelled text- (both letter from LEPAR and response from Mrs Kelsey) – these offer some key persuasive techniques and also list some of the key for and against arguments.
Review the success criteria for a balanced argument using the Twinkl ppt. Create a list for working wall.
- an introduction;
- opposing views of for and against;
- supporting evidence;
- a concluding paragraph that includes the writer’s own
opinion; to be interestingly written;
- a mixture of causal conjunctions and adverbials;
- written in the third person (except final paragraph);
- written using formal and technical language.
Give children a copy the balanced argument planning sheet for chn to complete independently. There are three levels of differentiation so you may wish to choose appropriately for chn in class. There is also a more detailed ‘writing sheet’ for those struggling/LAP pupils.
Give copy of useful phrases one between two to share to support the planning process.
L.O: I can write a balanced argument independent write
Grammar activity- comparative and contrastive conjunctions.
Discuss use of conjunctions together as a class and generate some examples and discuss their use.
Use grammar cards (1 between 2) and instructions to construct sentences verbally/on whiteboards including comparative and contrastive conjunctions.
Independent Writing task- assessed
Give children time to write their balanced argument independently using their plan from yesterday. Remind them that you are expecting at least 4 paragraphs (Y5) or 6 paragraphs (Y6) excluding the introduction and conclusion.
Using purple pen encourage children to edit their own writing using the criteria from the front of the books.
Give them time to use dictionaries and thesaurus to improve their work.
Ensure they have time to also check spelling and punctuation with partners, reading backwards where needed and reading aloud to check for sense.
Lesson 1- What are organs and why do we need them?
Lesson- 2- How is oxygen transported around our bodies?