The Burnet News Club enables young people to develop logic, curiosity, healthy scepticism, storytelling and negotiation skills.
Determined to ask good questions
The desire to ask questions and understand more.
|Beginning||I think some issues are important and I want to know more about them.|
|Emerging||I ask relevant questions to find out more about an issue.|
|Developing||I see something important in every issue and I ask a range of relevant questions about that issue.|
|Exceeding||I am not easily satisfied with answers. I push and pursue a coherent line of questioning to ‘dig deeper’ and get to questions about the underlying assumptions. I’m determined to follow through and develop lines of thought.|
|Leading||I respond to the answers I hear and follow new lines of questioning that emerge.|
Being hard to deceive
The ability to query and challenge information rather than simply accepting it.
|Beginning||I sometimes query other opinions or arguments.|
|Emerging||I can identify specific weaknesses in arguments where assumptions have been made.|
|Developing||I rarely take opinions or arguments for granted. As well as identifying specific assumptions in an argument, I can challenge these by giving reasons why they might not be true.|
|Exceeding||I welcome challenges to my own arguments and recognise that doubting my own argument will strengthen it.|
|Leading||I welcome challenges to the underlying values and beliefs of my arguments. I am willing to consider the truth of even these most preciously held beliefs although I may still conclude that I believe them.|
The ability to make sense
The ability to use strong, relevant reasons to support opinions and form these into a coherent argument that makes sense.
|Beginning||I can identify reasons for my opinions most of the time.|
|Emerging||I can give relevant reasons for my opinions.|
|Developing||I give strong, developed, and relevant reasons for my opinions. I am able to identify assumptions that I’m making.|
|Exceeding||I can order my reasons into a coherent argument: i.e. it is a whole argument rather than just a list of reasons. There are no unresolved contradictions.|
|Leading||I can improve on my arguments: I can look for possible weaknesses in my argument and I can address these. For example, I can spot contradictions, assumptions or other possible objections that could be made to it.|
The power to persuade
The ability to keep people’s attention and make them care about something by affecting their feelings.
|Beginning||I can communicate my argument clearly so others understand it.|
|Emerging||I can capture and retain my audience’s attention.|
|Developing||I can use my medium effectively (words, film, pictures, etc.) to create an emotional response in my audience.|
|Exceeding||I can create a specific emotional response in my which helps to make my argument more persuasive.|
|Leading||My storytelling skills always support rather than detract from my argument: style never ‘steals the show’ from the point I am making. I never compromise on truth for the sake of being persuasive.|
The ability to find common ground
The ability to reach solutions or understanding with people who have different opinions to you.
|Beginning||I can summarise other people’s opinions.|
|Emerging||I can identify my own underlying values and hopes, as well as simply the opinions that come from these.|
|Developing||By listening to others I am able to work out some of their underlying values or hopes that might be leading to their opinions.|
|Exceeding||I make a stand for my values and hopes without being attached to particular opinions about how best to act on these. I understand that lots of different solutions might still be consistent with my underlying values and hopes.|
|Leading||I can find solutions that are consistent with others’ values and hopes as well as my own, by finding common ground. I am able to persuade others to see the merits of the solution by showing them how it addresses what really matters to them. I am open to solutions proposed by others.|