This method provides students with a tool to develop their arguments and opinions. It helps them clarify their thoughts and articulate and present their opinions clearly and concisely. The P.R.E.S. method provides a useful format for conducting controversial issue discussions and public policy lessons.
- Post or provide a handout with the four steps in the P.R.E.S. method.
- P State your point of view
- R Give one reason for your point of view
- E Give an example to clarify your reason
- S Summarize your point of view
- Clarify the steps and answer any questions. Give an example of each step. An example of the formula is:
- P I am opposed to people smoking inside.
- R Smoking is unhealthy for the smoker as well as the non-smokers in the room.
- E Research has showed that second-hand smoke causes cancer.
- S I am opposed to people smoking inside because of the negative health afftect on non-smokers.
- Ask volunteers to use the P.R.E.S. method on an issue of their choosing.
- Answer questions students might have to ensure thier understanding of the method.
- When all the students understand how to successfully use the P.R.E.S. formula begin the activity.