In a discursive piece you are expected to discuss a given topic and present an argument related to it.
Organising a discursive essay
There are two basic types of discursive essay. Firstly there are persuasive essays in which you can argue strongly either in favour of or against a given discussion.
Alternatively, there are argumentative essays. In these you look at a discussion topic in a balanced way.
Finding information for a discursive essay
There are many sources you can use to find information for your discursive essay. These include:
- relevant books from a library
- online sources
- magazines and newspapers
- television and video
- family members
When looking in the library, focus on the non-fiction and reference sections. When searching online, always think carefully about key words.
Make sure you consider the reliability of all your sources. It is important you keep a note of where all your information comes from. This will allow you to check it again later and to complete your bibliography and footnotes.
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- Literacy Text Types: The Facts About Non-Fiction
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- 11 March 2015
Teachers could select some of the vocabulary that is explained in this resource and ask pupils to write definitions for them: counter-argument, emotive language, 1st person, rhetorical question, facts, opinions and balanced review. Pupils could work in pairs to write their definitions, and watch the resource to check if their definitions were correct.