Sunday, July 16, 2017

Debate and Opinion/Persuasive Writing Mentor Text: Let’s Think About Sustainable Energy

Would you like to teach debate and/or persuasive/opinion writing in your science class?  Are you looking for a mentor text that provides evidence for both sides of the debate?  Then Let’s Think About Sustainable Energy by Vic Parker is your go-to book!  


Debate writing, Opinion writing, Persuasive Writing Mentor Text: Let’s Think About Sustainable Energy


Part of the “Let’s Think About” series, this title continues to challenge readers to consider alternatives to the status quo. This time, the controversial topic is sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. Pros and cons for environmental impact, cost, and sustainability for each form of energy: Geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind, biofuel, tidal, and nuclear. 


“Did You Know?” boxes break up the main text with facts from other reports and opinions that support both sides. 


Debate writing, Opinion writing, Persuasive Writing Mentor Text: Let’s Think About Sustainable Energy




After reading all the facts and opinions, the book prompts the reader to take their learning to the next level by researching and debating the issue with friends in the “What Do You Think?” boxes. 


Debate writing, Opinion writing, Persuasive Writing Mentor Text: Let’s Think About Sustainable Energy




Multiple pictures with captions and graphics help make this content-rich book easier to read, so it would be appropriate for upper-elementary and middle school.  Additional print and electronic resources on the topic, as well as suggestions for further research are included in the back of the book. 


The five steps to follow when preparing for a debate are included at the end of the book.


Debate writing, Opinion writing, Persuasive Writing Mentor Text: Let’s Think About Sustainable Energy



Do you have mentor texts for teaching debate/opinion/persuasive writing?  I'd love to hear what you use!




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