At a glance
In this lesson, students will write a letter trying to persuade other people to sign a petition. Their petition will involve improving the conditions of their local zoo (or shutting it down altogether). They will use the Kialo Edu discussion to help them find powerful arguments to support their reasoning.
- Write a letter listing a series of arguments to convince an audience.
- The Kialo discussion "Should we keep animals in zoos?".
- Instructions for students and an introduction to the discussion.
- A discussion containing arguments for and against the thesis “Animals should not be kept in zoos”.
Tip: To make the lesson more personal, change “your local zoo” for the actual name of your local zoo in the “student instructions” section.
No prior knowledge is needed.
Critical thinking tips
Ask students to write balanced arguments. For example “Even though zoos protect animals, they are still better off in the wild”.
Encourage students to read both the ‘pros’ and the ‘cons’ of the arguments that they think are the strongest in the Kialo Edu discussion.
- Did the student cover the important points in their letter? Did they express them clearly?
- Does it feel like the student cares deeply about the issue in their writing?