Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Exploring opinions - secondary

What is this?

This learning activity is suggested to help you support your child to understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

You are going to discuss with your family and/or friends a topic that interests you and that you feel strongly about. You could choose from topics such as animal cruelty, sectarianism in football, the importance of friendship or you can select something else you feel passionate about. This will help you develop further your talking skills when you express your own opinions and try to persuade others. You will also practise your listening skills.

To help you prepare, take some time to think about what points you believe are really important. Can you put together your ideas in a structured persuasive way? It is unlikely you will have exactly the same opinions as others. What points might make them change their mind? Take some time to put your reasons together in a way that will persuade them.

Finally, share your reasons with each other. When you have strong opinions about a topic, it can be hard to discuss with people who may have different opinions. How can you make sure that you present your points of view convincingly and challenge their ideas respectfully?