This house believes ........ is a successful pressure group
Your teacher will assign you one of the following groups:
Your task is to investigate this group to prepare to debate the motion "This house believes that ..... is a successful pressure group". You will not be told until shortly before the debate which side you will be on, so must be prepared to debate either side. Use the Finding and Evaluating Resources box below to help you to find appropriate resources for your investigation.
Make notes of your investigation in an Investigative Journal, using one page per source and using the tools in Word to create a bibliography as you work. Before the debate you should then summarise these notes on the Debate summary sheet, which you will be allowed to have with you during the debate. You can find both these resources in the Preparing for the Debate box below.
You will need to upload the completed versions of your Investigative Journal and Summary sheet for debate (see right) to your class Team.
Once you have been told which side of the debate you are on, you should prepare a short video of 90 seconds or less to introduce your arguments and upload it to your class Team.
During the debate you will then have the chance to challenge statements made in your opponent's video in class.
During other group's debates you will need to use the Cornell note-taking sheet (see right) to make notes on other pressure groups, which you later use to write a timed essay.
While you can use the general internet, you may also want to access our Subscription Databases page , which are high quality resources that we pay for so that you can use them without being charged. Particular databases you might find useful from this page are:
Access Global Newsbank: a newspaper database, which will help you reach articles from newspapers that normally charge for access (e.g. Times, Telegraph). This is a gobal resource limit your search by choosing UK National Broadsheets from the home page (see right).
Politics Review (Philip Allan Reviews). Go into Philip Allan Reviews and search in the top right hand corner, then select "Government and Politics" as the subject (see below). Don't choose Politics Review Magazine from the main panel in the middle of the front page (that is useful for browsig not searching). Note that the search facility is very poor so choose single words or very short phrases. Only some groups have articles about them so have a quick look and then move on if your group isn't covered.
General Internet search tips
Note that in this example you could read the BBC article online for free but the Telegraph and Times articles are behind paywalls. You could read them by logging in to Access Global Newsbank, clicking on the blue "UK National Broadsheets" box and searching for the article title:
It's also important to check a site for follow-up articles. Has the story moved on? For example this story on the BBC site a few days after the previous one updates the debate:
It is vital to check think about the quality of the information you find - during a debate one way to challenge your opponent's argument is to question the quality of their sources. See Evaluating resources box below.
It is vital to evaluate your resources as you go along and to record your thoughts on your Investigative Journal. During the debate you may need to defend your own sources and attack your opponent's. An excellent tool for this is CRAAP testing.
Use the rubric in the Preparing for the Debate box to the right to help you to CRAAP test your sources. The presentation and sample test below give you an example of how to use this tool.
Use this sheet to make notes on other people's groups during the debate. You will need these notes to write an essay shortly.