Should Lakeview Zoo be Closed? Discussion Text Planning for Year 5/6

£10.00

About this unit:

This is a fifteen-lesson unit of English work based on the reading and writing of a discussion. It is intended for Upper Key Stage 2. This unit follows the 2014 National Curriculum objectives which are outlined below. The English objectives covered by this unit are highlighted in yellow.

The fifteen lessons in this unit allow children to explore, discuss and understand writing based on a discussion text. During the first week children will prepare and participate in a debate. A petition has been submitted to Lakeview Council which was organised by animal welfare officers. Children discuss and take part in hot seating activities to understand the viewpoints of different stakeholders. After these activities children prepare and participate in a debate on whether or not to close the zoo permanently.

In the second week, children will discuss, plan and write a discussion based on the outcome of the debate. An e-mail has been sent from Lakeview Council informing Lakeview Zoo of its decision. Through guided and shared activities children will write their own version of this text ensuring they have included the correct language and organisational features appropriate to a discussion text.

In the third week, children will write another discussion text based on the arguments for and against eating meat. Children will then apply what they have learned in the second week to plan, write and edit a discussion based on the arguments for and against eating meat and children will write this discussion independently.

Description

What is included?

  • A sheet with the National Curriculum English objectives for Y5/6 which are highlighted to help track and assess the progress of the class; to track coverage of the English curriculum and to show what objectives the unit covers.
  • *NEW* Printable child-friendly learning objectives for children’s books.
  • Discussion planning for fifteen days including possible science and geography cross-curricular links.
  • *NEW* Now includes a PowerPoint containing the lesson structure and learning activities for all fifteen lessons of the unit which can be presented to the children. The PowerPoint design and content can be adjusted to suit the needs of a class.
  • Should Lakeview Zoo be Closed?’ Activity Resources:
  • E-mail from Lakeview Council informing Lakeview Zoo about an upcoming debate to discuss closing the zoo.
  • Stakeholder character cards: Including the Manager of Lakeview Zoo, Lakeview Animal Welfare Officer, Zoologist, Zoo Visitors, Local Resident and Lakeview MPs.
  • Hot seating worksheet for children’s books.
  • Blank debate cue cards for each argument/counter argument.
  • Debate structure for children.
  • Debate rule worksheet for children to complete.
  • Debate voting slips.
  • Debate outcome evaluation sheets.
  • Debate outcome discussion questions: extension sheet for higher achieving children.
  • ‘Should Lakeview Zoo be Closed?’ Discussion texts presented in the context of an e-mail sent from Lakeview Council informing Lakeview Zoo about the outcome of the (class) debate. They conclude with the closure of the zoo.
  • The three master discussion texts that children could read and discuss are as follows:

        – Discussion text 1: structured with arguments and counter arguments in each paragraph.

– Discussion text 2: structured with all arguments for and then all arguments against.

– Discussion text 3: simplified version of discussion text 2 for lower-achieving children.

  • Also included are versions of the three texts above which conclude with the decision to save the zoo.
  • Boxing-up Plan for the discussion ‘Should Lakeview Zoo be Closed?’ (Differentiated on two levels with writing frame included for lower-achieving children).
  • Success Criteria for discussions (differentiated on three levels).
  • ‘Should Lakeview Zoo be Closed?’ Writing frame for lower-achieving children.
  • Boxing-up plans for research about a discussion based on the arguments for and against eating meat (differentiated on two levels with writing frame included for lower-achieving children).

Lesson planning is sent as a pdf file and a lesson PowerPoint is also included.

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