This term we have begun to look at Expositions – persuasive texts. We have begun to deconstruct them, to work out each part of the structure and why it is important. We have discussed how an exposition can be either ‘for’ or ‘against’, depending on personal beliefs and opinions. Today we wrote our own exposition as a class. Here it is:
Why Rubbish Should Be Put In the Bin.
The students in 1/2H believe that all rubbish should be put in the bin.
Firstly, if rubbish is left on the ground, our school would be dirty and disgusting. It would look like a dump.
Secondly, if the school looks like a dump, parents won’t want their children to come here.
Finally, if we don’t recycle our rubbish, we won’t be able to make new things.
All rubbish should go in the bin because it’s better for our environment and community.
The students are beginning to back up their arguments with reasons, instead of ‘just because’. We will be building on this, asking them to think through their reasoning to provide evidence. Over the next 2 weeks, the students will be planning, drafting and writing their own expositions.
To practise this at home, ask your child to justify their reasoning for something they ask for. For example, if they say ‘We should have ice-cream tonight’, ask them to convince you with 3 good, strong arguments about why they should get ice-cream (and remember, you can always say no – especially if their arguments aren’t good enough; ‘because I like it’ is not a proper answer for this exercise!).
I’m looking forward to see what they come up with over the next couple of weeks.