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Spelling activity
Today I would like you to have a look at the spelling sheet attached and practise the last spelling word for the week which is opportunity by using the spelling activities on the sheet.

In Chapter 1, Michael’s father decides that the family will sail around the world together.

Do you think it would be a good idea for your family to do something like this?


Your task for today is to plan a balanced argument which is based on the question above. You will then write up your argument in your English lessons next week.


What is a balanced argument?

A balanced argument looks at different points of view on an issue, providing arguments for and against. It presents a balanced set of arguments without leaning one way or another.

When writing a balanced argument, it is important to remember that it doesn’t matter whether you are for or against the issue to begin with. You must present both sides of the argument fairly.

Then, in the final paragraph, after balancing both sides of the argument, you can state which side you agree with.


On the word document below, there is an example of a balanced argument which may help you to gain a better understanding of the structure.


Consider the following points when writing your plan. This will be your success criteria of what you need to include in order to write an effective balanced argument:

  • an introduction;
  • opposing views of for and against;
  • supporting evidence;
  • a concluding paragraph that includes the writer’s own
    opinion; to be interestingly written.
  • written in the third person (except final paragraph);
  • written using formal and technical language.


On the word document below is a layout that you can use for your plan. I have already filled in some ideas to help you.

Remember you are only making notes and planning your argument based on whether it would be a good idea for your family to sail around the world.

You can either type your notes on the word document provided or you can write them in your exercise book under the same headings.