Critical thinking in Lumana’i Manuia

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Students in Lumana’i Manuia have been learning how to write persuasive arguments on a variety of current issues. They learned how to identify the language features of a persuasive argument, and how to back up their arguments with facts and evidence.

Students worked in collaborative learning groups to critically analyse a range of exemplars.

Some focus questions were looked at were:

  • What is the writer’s argument?
  • Do you agree with the writer’s argument?  Why/Why not?
  • How has the writer maintained the reader’s interest?
  • What facts/evidence has the writer used to back up her argument?
  • What do you think the writer has done well?
  • What do you think the writer needs to work on?