Debating the Benefits of Car Travel

Sarah Adams
Kalamunda Senior High School
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We have been working through some of the activities on offer here on Your Move and recently had one of our Year 10 English classes debate the benefits of driving to school. This cohort is excited to get their P Plates in the near future so it's a relevant discussion for them to be involved in. There is a great resource already available via Your Move that details some great steps for students to take to prepare for the activity. We created a few to support students in the classroom that we wanted to share with you.

Because this was held in English it was designed to align with the following points of the curriculum:

Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)

Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (ACELA1571)

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to influence a course of action (ACELY1751)


This was a group activity where students collaboratively researched and developed arguments ready to be shared with their peers. We focused on the concept of rhetoric and the ways students could strengthen the expression of their ideas by choosing appropriate devices.

Attached created a few different resources:
An ethos/logos/pathos/kairos sheet
A list of rhetoric devices (students should record definitions in each box)
A group research sheet
A group planning sheet.

All the materials areĀ attached as a download.

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James (Your Move)

I really like the look of your 'tweaking' of this activity Sarah. If you email me the resources I'll get them attached properly. You got 15 points by correctly linking your story to the right activity and I have given you a bonus 10 points for your detailed outline, plus another 10 for your resource upload. I do plan to give you a further 10 points if you can email me those additional resources.

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