During term two the children in the Ephron writing workshop have been developing their public speaking and persuasive writing skills. They have played lots of games that encourage them to think of what to say on the spot, describe objects in detail and to convince others of their opinion.
After lots of practice the children were given five different topics to choose from:
- Dogs are better than cats
- Books are a waste of paper
- Too much television is bad for you
- Girls work harder than boys
- Children should not be allowed to bring mobile phones to school
The children then developed reasons, researched and wrote a persuasive speech agreeing or disagreeing with their chosen topic. The challenge then was to preform their speech in front of the group.
Here are some of the children preforming their speech and doing some practice sessions during workshops. The children gave each other constructive feedback after their speech and they self assessed their growth on a rubric.
We are extremely proud of the achievements the students have made, for many this was the scariest thing they could do and they got up their with confidence. Now on to debating!