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A literacy lesson you're going to like - because it doesn't involve writing. This week we're going to putting together our own debate text, but what could it be about?


Debate texts are usually a question with a clear for or against side, this question is good to use as the title. If we were in school, we'd mind map a few questions we think we could get a good debate out of.


When selecting your question, there's a few things you have to consider. The first - can you think of a clear 'for' and 'against' side? Will you be able to give a balanced look at both sides of the debate without giving away your conclusion? Can you think why it's important, why should we care? Who does it matter to? 


I'm going to give you a pretty free choice of what topic you want to pick, as long as you can check off those questions. You could pick a very serious topic or one that's not as serious, it's completely up to you as long as you can get a good for and against and it isn't silly. Here's some ideas of a question you could select that we brainstormed last year, use it for inspiration or feel free to pick one of them;


- Are we doing enough to protect the Amazon Rainforest?

- Should fox hunting be banned in England?

- Is 'trophy hunting' a good thing for Africa?

- Is it right to eat meat?

- Should Orca Whales be kept in captivity?

- Should sugary drinks be banned?

- Is homework good for children?

- Should children wear school uniforms?

- Do children get too much pocket money?

- Is graffiti 'art'?

- Is it right to spend billions exploring space when there are problems on Earth?

- Are computer games a waste of time?

- Should school holidays be shorter?

- Should children have access to smartphones?


So to be clear you don't need to do any writing right now - just think carefully what question you'd want to pick and why, what are you passionate about, what do you think you can get a good for and against and still be balanced? You might want to do a little research about the question to find out more before you decide on it.