Arguing your case (for & against) writing
Upper intermediate level
To provide product writing practice of a essay in the context of arguing your case
To provide fluency speaking practice in a arguing your case in the context of email
Procedure (43-68 minutes)
elicit the word "email" by showing them the PPT what does this photo tell you? what does this photo make you think of? show the students the PPT, say: discus these questions with your partners. Next: There are two WBs in this class, writ "pros" on one and "cons" on the other, divide the ss into 2 groups. They have to write the advantages and disadvantages of emails on each board. in 2-3 min they will do that and then they switch, read their peers idea and discuss it with their group and add more ideas to it. As a WC feedback and by "raising your hand" we decide how many people are for emails and how many are against it. emails? good or bad? raise your hand.
give ss HO 1, say: read the text quickly, how many of the points you made are mentioned? what other points did you mention? (ss will answer as a WC) say: study the article more carefully what is written in the introduction? (email is an important means of communication. however, in my opinion, like most things it has both advantages and disadvantages.) What is the main sentence? (email is an important means of communication. What personal examples does the writer include throughout the article? (1. Nowadays, whenever I send regular email (or snail mail as email users call it), I can't believe that it's actually going to take days to reach its destination. 2. even my great aunt in Galashiels, Scotland is using it these days.) For each point on the plus side underline the words and expressions used to connect the ideas. (etc: first of all email is easy) • First of all / firstly, email is easy • A second point is that / Secondly email is fast • Email is not only fast, it is also cheap • Also / in addition to this email messages are easily sorted • In addition to this email is environmentally friendly • Another point is that email security is lax • A final and very important point is that / Last but not least ... (can show the answers on PPT) turn to the second page of HO, say: 6. fill in the gaps with the right words based on the article. check the answers as WC, don't spend too much time. (Introduction, Body, Conclusion) Compare the words and expressions used to connect the ideas on the minus side. Which are similar? How is the article concluded? How does the writer express his opinion? (the article is concluded with the writer's personal opinion. this is expressed by saying: Overall, however, to my mind...) emphasis on the illustration on HO page 2, video project it.
pu the ss in groups of 3 or 4, say: in your groups, brainstorm the arguments for and against one of the topics below. (give them 2 min, two - points, 2+ points are enough) then write an introduction (elicit the general statement - it has to start with a general statement), the pros, the cons and your conclusion (about 250 words): texting, social media (etc. facebook, twitter), tattoos, weed (decide in the class and chose either one) . if there is more time give them another topic to write.
ss can swap papers with other peers or the other group and check their essays. give the topic to the students. ss will write it in groups, write their name on the papers and pass it to the other groups, clockwise. "say check: is there a main sen sentence/ general statement? have they used: firstly, secondly,in addition to this, etc.? have they write: in my idea ...., the pros of ... outweigh the cons? " grade your friends