Reading an example of discussion text about the pros and cons of giving student homework. A problematic discourse is the simple key to see whether the text is an example of discussion or the other genres. Discussion text will see and elaborate the issue from the different point of view. It presents pro and contra opinion on certain issue. One side is agreeing the issue, the other is disagreeing.
The different point of views, according to the generic structure, is the heart of the discussion text. That will differentiate from the other text types. When we read an example of discussion text, we will see the structure as follow:
1. Stated issue; what issue is going to be discussed. This must drive problematic discussion from different points of view.
There are a lot of discussion as to whether children should be given homework or not.
2. Supporting arguments: after stating the issue, it is necessary to present the argument to support that one point is agreeing.
the evening is a good time for children to sit down and think about what they have learned in school.
3. Against arguments: beside the supporting argument, discussion text need the arguments which disagree to the stated issue.
children do enough work in school already
4. Recommendation; finally in the end of the discussion, it is important to re-think to formulate certain recommendation for the discussed issue.
homework is good idea but that should only given at the weekend when children have more time.