Reevy Hill Primary School

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Should children be allowed to use mobile phones during school time?

This week you're going to learn how to write a balanced argument. A balanced argument gives points for and against a specific topic. 

Lesson 1

Take a look at the balanced argument about banning homework. Can you create a table showing the arguments for banning homework and those against banning homework. 

For banning homework yes Against banning homework no









Lesson 2

Using conjunctions and adverbials is important in balanced argument writing. If you have forgotten what these are use the BBC Bitesize link to remind yourself. 

Using the table of arguments for and against banning homework, have a go at writing some sentences using conjunctions and adverbials from the list below. 
Example: On the one hand homework gives children something to do during their free time when they're at home. However, it can be difficult to complete homework when you have other activities (swimming) after school. 

Lesson 3

Now it's time to think of arguments for and against using mobile phones during school time. There is an example in the table below to help you make a start.

For using mobile phones at school Against using mobile phones at school

Mobile phones could be used for learning games like time table rockstars.




They can be distracting during lessons - children might use them when they shouldn't





Lesson 4

Have a go at planning your balanced argument using your for and against table from lesson 3. 

Use the BBC Bitesize link to learn more about writing a balanced argument.

Then add your ideas to the planning sheet. 


Lesson 5

Now it's time to write your balanced argument. Use the structure below to help you and don't forget to have a look at the word banks.