Group Discussion: War is Always Wrong

Speaking and Listening: Group Discussion

War is always wrong”

Lesson Objective: to use persuasive and argumentative language

I am arguing ……………………… the statement, therefore I must argue …………………………………………….

Persuasive techniques you can use: alliteration, repetition, direct address, rhetorical questions, facts, opinions

Aim: to write a debating speech

Use the writing frame below to help you construct a debating speech that argues either for or against the statement.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here today to discuss the subject of war and if it is always wrong. I am going to be arguing on the side of…. There are many reasons why I think this and I will now take you through some of them.

My first reason I believe that war is/isn’t always wrong is … (make sure you fully explain)

Another reason that shows war is/isn’t always wrong is…

My final reason that I believe war is/isn’t always wrong is…

Some people might say that war is/isn’t always wrong because… but they are wrong because…

As you can see there are many arguments that show that war is/isn’t always wrong. So do the right thing and vote for us…

Top tips: Practise reading your speech through. The more fluently you can read it through, the better it will sound. Make sure it sounds like you believe what you are saying. Write a list of questions to ask the other team during the debate

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