Deep diving into definitions

Years 5 to 8 debating
Creative Class Literature and language arts
Tags: Debating

Learn more about definitions from the negative team’s perspective.

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A student at a debating competition, speaking and holding her cue cards.

Learning intentions

  • review definitions
  • adapt arguments to suit the definition
  • explain the flaws in a definition
  • complete a definition lacking detail.


English K-10 Syllabus

Stage 3

  • EN3-1A: communicates effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and language forms and features.
  • EN3-3A: uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies.
  • EN3-7C: thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and ideas and identifies connections between texts when responding to and composing texts.

Stage 4

  • EN4-1A: responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure.
  • EN4-4B: makes effective language choices to creatively shape meaning with accuracy, clarity and coherence.
  • EN4-5C: thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts.