Tracy Rains
Elementary Education, Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Upper Primary
4, 5
Emotional Appeal, English Language Arts, Logical Appeal, Moral Appeal, Perspective, Point-of-view
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs, Interactive, Text/HTML, Video
What’s Your Point? Defending Your Point of View

What’s Your Point? Defending Your Point of View

Lesson Overview

In this seminar, you will be learning how to defend your own point of view of a topic.  Through the activities in this seminar,  you will consider how you would defend your point of view and the different ways you can back it up.   We will be introducing logical appeals, emotional appeals, and moral appeals.


CC.1.4.5.G Write opinion pieces on topics or texts.

Task 1: Engage

Introductory warm-up activity.

Defending your point of view is an important skill to have.  You need to be able to voice your opinion and back it up with why you believe or feel this way.  Watch this introductory video.

Task 2: Explore

You will learn how to persuade your reader towards a topic that you feel strongly about. You can pick and choose to read, watch, or do the topics listed.    




Defending Your Point of View

Defending your point of view can sometimes be difficult.  Persuading someone to feel or believe what you believe is not always easy.  As you read through this link, I want you to be able to define the three types of appeals.  Think about why it is important to use these appeals to get your point of view across.

Persuasive Appeals

Defending your point of view is not always easy. Persuading someone to agree with what you believe takes skills, and in this video you will be introduced to three ways that can help.  As you watch this video, pay close attention to the three types of appeals and be able define them.  Be thinking about why it is important to defend your point of view and how you could use these appeals to get your point across.

For this activity, create slideshow or poster defining the vocabulary: persuasion, appeal, logical appeal, emotional appeal, moral appeal, claim, and argument.  You will present this to a peer and your facilitator.  Make sure you are able to give examples of what logical, emotional, and moral appeals are and why they are important to defending your point of view.

Explore More

Task 3: Explain

Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


Using the three appeals (logical, moral, and emotional), create a presentation that gives three examples of each.  You can find these examples from magazines, online, YouTube, commercials, etc. Generate a presentation to share with a peer and facilitator. This can be one-on-one or a video presentation.   Explain each appeal and the examples you chose.  

Task 4: Evaluate

Now it is time to self check how much you have learned about point of view.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.

Task 5: Elaborate

This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


Next you will apply all the knowledge that you have learned into a project.  You will need to show that you can identify the three types of appeals.  Pick a topic of your choice that you feel strongly about and have a lot of knowledge on.  Then try to convince a peer or facilitator to agree with you.   You must use all three appeals to help convince them.   You can present this in a way that you choose.  Be creative.  Make sure you follow the rubric below in order to achieve the highest score.


Task 6: Express

Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

For this next part, I want you to reflect back on what you have learned.  What appeal catches your attention the most: logical, moral, or emotional?  Why is defending your point of view important?  Why is it important to listen to another’s point of view?  Compose a paragraph reflecting on these questions and how this could help you in everyday life.