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Understand the Features of Discussion Texts

In this worksheet, students consider the language conventions and grammatical features of discussion texts.

'Understand the Features of Discussion Texts' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Identify Themes and Conventions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A discussion text is a text that presents both sides of an issue or argument.

 

The title of the text often outlines the issue to be discussed in the form of a question.

for example:

Should cars be banned from town centres?

 

Discussion texts often contain the following features.

 

1) The first sentence or paragraph describes the issue to be discussed.

e.g. Many people believe that mobile phones should be banned in schools.

 

2) Arguments for both sides are then presented in the following paragraphs.

 

3) Points are backed up with evidence.

e.g. Government studies have shown that...

 

4) The final paragraph concludes the discussion by giving the writer's opinion or asking the reader to decide what he/she thinks.

 

5) They are written in the present tense.

 

6) Connectives that give emphasis (e.g. furthermore, in addition) and connectives that compare and contrast (e.g. however, on the other hand) are often used.

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Discussion texts present arguments for and against an issue.

true

false

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Before you write a discussion text you need to find evidence to back up your points.

true

false

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A discussion text is usually written in the present tense.

true

false

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The writer should not give his or her own opinion in a discussion text.

true

false

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A text persuading people that fox-hunting is cruel is an example of a discussion text.

true

false

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The title of a discussion text is often in the form of a question.

true

false

Connectives that add and emphasise are often used in discussion texts.

 

Which of the following are connectives used for adding and emphasising? Tick three boxes.

moreover

because

meanwhile

furthermore

and

in addition

Connectives that compare and contrast are often used in discussion texts.

 

Which of the following are connectives used for comparing and contrasting? Tick three boxes.

because

on the other hand

while

nevertheless

and

in contrast

Which of the following titles would not be suitable for a discussion text?

Should cars be banned from town centres?

Do zoos have a place in modern society?

Ban school uniform now!

Does our town need a new supermarket?

Which of the following titles would not be suitable for a discussion text?

Should people be forced to work on Sundays?

How does smoking affect health?

Does our village need a bypass?

Should dangerous dogs be banned?

  • Question 1

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Discussion texts present arguments for and against an issue.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
A discussion text will often set out both sides of the argument, allowing the reader to consider all the points involved.
  • Question 2

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

Before you write a discussion text you need to find evidence to back up your points.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort. A discussion text needs to be grounded in fact, not just opinion.
  • Question 3

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A discussion text is usually written in the present tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! A discussion text uses the present tense as it is discussing an issue that is current to people in the present day.
  • Question 4

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The writer should not give his or her own opinion in a discussion text.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Remember the information in introduction is there to help. It is all right to give your own opinion but you should not do so until you have presented all the arguments on both sides of the issue.
  • Question 5

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

A text persuading people that fox-hunting is cruel is an example of a discussion text.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
This would be a persuasive text. Fox-hunting could be the subject of a discussion text but only if both sides of the argument were presented in a balanced way.
  • Question 6

Read the following statement about discussion texts and decide whether it is true or false.

 

The title of a discussion text is often in the form of a question.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? Discussion texts often use a question as their. This is to set out to the reader what topic is being discussed. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 7

Connectives that add and emphasise are often used in discussion texts.

 

Which of the following are connectives used for adding and emphasising? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
moreover
furthermore
in addition
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! All three of these connectives help the writer to emphasise a point they are trying to make to the reader. Each connective can be used to help the reader consider another argument.
  • Question 8

Connectives that compare and contrast are often used in discussion texts.

 

Which of the following are connectives used for comparing and contrasting? Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
on the other hand
nevertheless
in contrast
EDDIE SAYS
These connectives could be used by the writer when they are trying to get the reader to consider another point of view or side to the argument. Remember if you are stuck you can use a dictionary to look up their meaning.
  • Question 9

Which of the following titles would not be suitable for a discussion text?

CORRECT ANSWER
Ban school uniform now!
EDDIE SAYS
A title for a discussion text should start with a question to the reader. It should not give away the writers opinion on the topic. The title 'Ban school uniform now!' would be more suitable for a persuasive text.
  • Question 10

Which of the following titles would not be suitable for a discussion text?

CORRECT ANSWER
How does smoking affect health?
EDDIE SAYS
You got the hang of this now? The title 'How does smoking affect health?' would be more suitable for an explanation text. It does not discuss an argument, it is more of an informative text.
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