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Arguments For and Against

In this worksheet, students practise distinguishing between different sides of an argument.

'Arguments For and Against' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Distinguish Fact from Opinion

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A fact: something that is definitely true.

An opinion: something that someone thinks or believes to be true.

 

Read these statements and decide whether they are fact or opinion.

  • Everyone loves a sunny day.
  • The capital of England is London.
  • You need three people to paint a wall.
  • A & E means Accident and Emergency.

 

However, sometimes people often have different opinions about the same thing. They are arguing from different sides, with different opinions.

 

Read these two different statements. One statement is arguing for (supporting) children owning mobile phones.

 

Children owning mobile phones

"The latest study says there is still no proof

mobile phones are unsafe." 

 

 

This statement is arguing against (disagreeing with) the subject.

 

Children owning mobile phones

"A Dutch study has suggested

mobile phone use can affect the brain."

 

 

In this worksheet, you will need to read carefully so you can understand the meaning of the statements: whether they are arguing for or against each subject.

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Owning Mobile Phones

"A mobile phone has been specifically designed for four- to eight-year-old children to use in an emergency."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Owning Mobile Phones

"A new report published warns that if mobile phones do damage health, then children will inevitably be at greatest risk."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Must Wear School Uniform

"Children who don't wear school uniform are under pressure to buy more expensive clothes to keep up with their friends."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Should be Allowed to Stay Home Alone

"Staying home alone can be a positive experience for kids, too, helping them gain a sense of self-assurance and independence."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Raising the Age Limit of Smoking to 21

"If a man has never smoked by age 18, the odds are three-to-one he never will. By age 21, the odds are twenty-to-one."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Raising the Age Limit of Smoking to 21

"Age is no matter, teens will always have a way to get cigarettes regardless of age."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Start the School Day Later 

"When it is time to wake up for school, the adolescent’s body says it is still the middle of the night, and he or she has had too little sleep to feel rested and alert."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Wearing Cycle Helmets Should be Mandatory

"A study conducted by the University of New South Wales in 2011 concluded that Mandatory Helmet Laws led to a 29% reduction in cycling related head injuries."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Everyone Should be Allowed to have a Television in their Bedroom

"Children who watch TV in their bedroom are less likely to exercise and be tired at bedtime."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Skateboards Should be Allowed on Pavements

"Pavements are for pedestrians. Pedestrians should be considered the priority on pavements."

argument for the subject

argument against the subject

  • Question 1

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Owning Mobile Phones

"A mobile phone has been specifically designed for four- to eight-year-old children to use in an emergency."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument for the subject
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you having a go! This statement is for the subject - it is stating that there is a completely safe mobile phone that children can use, without causing any damage to their health.
  • Question 2

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Owning Mobile Phones

"A new report published warns that if mobile phones do damage health, then children will inevitably be at greatest risk."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument against the subject
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! This statement is against the subject - it is stating that children will be at greater risk if mobile phones are unsafe.
  • Question 3

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Must Wear School Uniform

"Children who don't wear school uniform are under pressure to buy more expensive clothes to keep up with their friends."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument for the subject
EDDIE SAYS
This statement is for the subject - it is stating children will spend too much money on other clothes if they do not have a uniform to wear. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 4

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Children Should be Allowed to Stay Home Alone

"Staying home alone can be a positive experience for kids, too, helping them gain a sense of self-assurance and independence."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument for the subject
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? This statement is for the subject - it says that children can gain independence and self-confidence if they are trusted.
  • Question 5

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Raising the Age Limit of Smoking to 21

"If a man has never smoked by age 18, the odds are three-to-one he never will. By age 21, the odds are twenty-to-one."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument for the subject
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! This statement is for the subject - it is stating that if people are not allowed to smoke until 21, they never will.
  • Question 6

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Raising the Age Limit of Smoking to 21

"Age is no matter, teens will always have a way to get cigarettes regardless of age."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument against the subject
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! This statement is against the subject - it is stating that if people decide to smoke they will not take any notice of an age limit.
  • Question 7

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Start the School Day Later 

"When it is time to wake up for school, the adolescent’s body says it is still the middle of the night, and he or she has had too little sleep to feel rested and alert."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument for the subject
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic! This statement is for the subject - it is stating that teenagers' bodies are not ready to get up for the usual school start times. Nearly there!
  • Question 8

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Wearing Cycle Helmets Should be Mandatory

"A study conducted by the University of New South Wales in 2011 concluded that Mandatory Helmet Laws led to a 29% reduction in cycling related head injuries."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument for the subject
EDDIE SAYS
High five! This statement is for the subject - it is stating that when people in New South Wales, Australia were made to wear cycle helmets there were fewer head injuries.
  • Question 9

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Everyone Should be Allowed to have a Television in their Bedroom

"Children who watch TV in their bedroom are less likely to exercise and be tired at bedtime."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument against the subject
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? This statement is against the subject - it is stating that children do not sleep properly if they have a television in their own bedrooms.
  • Question 10

Read the statement and decide whether you think the argument is for or against the subject:

 

Skateboards Should be Allowed on Pavements

"Pavements are for pedestrians. Pedestrians should be considered the priority on pavements."

CORRECT ANSWER
argument against the subject
EDDIE SAYS
This statement is against the subject - it is stating that skateboards should be not be allowed on pavements. Excellent effort!
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