You must tell both sides of the
Writing a discussion Text can be a very
challenging task at times as we are asked to
report on an issue fairly from both sides without
bias. This can be tough if there is an issue you
have strong views on such as.
Huntinganimals for Sport and Recreation
The amount of homework students are doing.
Unhealthy food being banned from school canteens.
So What is Bias?
In simple terms bias is when you judge something
based on what you think of it, not how it actually is.
like a boy might be biased against something pink
just because they think it's for girls when really it's
At a more serious level you might automatically
dislike what a person says or does simply because
of the way they dress or even where they come
The number one challenge for a high quality
reporter is to present an unbiased account of the
facts. This is also your challenge for this task.
Let’s read some examples first.
Visit Jenny Eather’s Writingfun.com and go to
the discussion text section. Down the bottom
you will see 6 examples of discussion texts
from differing ages. Read all of these and ask
yourself if they provided an unbiased account.
Whilst you are at writingfun be sure to visit the
text organizer to see how to layout and plan a
Your First Task
You are going to revisit the classical fairytale
‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and read it
thoroughly. Here is a great animated version
for you to view. Then you need to write a
discussion text on the following.
Was Goldilocks a criminal? This task does not
have to be a long piece of writing. In fact it
should be short and sharp with a for and
against statement and a conclusion.
Your second task.
Visit an online news site such as the Age or
Herald Sun. Find a news report that interests
you and write a discussion piece on it.
Once again refer to the first slide and
writingfun for assistance in laying it out.