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Seeing Both Sides - Booklist Review

Seeing Both Sides - Booklist Review

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The books in the Seeing Both Sides are intended as instructional tools for opinion writing. A teaching page before the table of contents in each book introduces vocabulary and background knowledge, as well as comprehension and extension activities. The back matter includes a page of writing tips for opinion writing, although the tips are not customized for particular issues. The main content of the books presents arguments for and against each issue. Well-chosen stock photos clarify and emphasize the points. Occasionally the issue or question at hand is not well defined, and arguments may lean one way. For example, the arguments in Junk Food citing the convenience of junk food simply feel weak compared to the specific health and nutrition benefits of avoiding junk food. Similarly, Pink Toys makes a stronger case for avoiding gender bias than for color preference. Recycling presents surprisingly strong arguments about the environmental damage recycling can cause to counter its better-known benefits. School Uniforms has the most balanced presentation, with strong, child-friendly reasons and evidence on both sides. Despite some weaknesses, these books will likely help young readers and writers find their voice and express opinions on the mildly divisive issues they cover. 

 — Booklist, November 2015


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