transitioned into Opinion Writing.
My students always seem a little hesitant to learn new writing genres... They have gotten so comfortable with Expository Writing, and they have become such good writers. I knew that opinion writing would be easy for them once they got going. My task is to get them going! I wanted to give them a deep understanding of the process (hello common core) by giving them an overview, and then by teaching them each step of the process a bit at a time. So I created a lesson plan to do just that. You can check it out at my TpT Store. This lesson is adaptable for all of elementary and the beginning years of middle school.
I started by explaining opinion (persuasive) essays and the connections to their lives (ads, commercials, persuasive letters.) We talked about possible topics and uses for this type of writing. Then we talked about the process of choosing an opinion, using sources to get facts, to support that opinion, and
how to organize their writing. I was so impressed by their input to the discussion! I found some great articles at Time for Kids and we began going through them looking for facts to support
both sides of each topic. They especially loved the ones relating to school (should dodge ball be banned in schools, should students be required to bring eco-friendly lunches, etc..)
I had students highlight with two colors, one for the "agree" side, one
for the "disagree" side. My kids had fun finding facts and deciding which side of the argument they wanted to write about. Once they finished highlighting, I had them choose a side, and begin choosing which facts to use on their research recording sheet. (You can click below to download it for free and try it with your students!)
Next they will be planning their writing using the adorable OREO
(Opinion/Reason/Example/Opinion) organizer (and munching on a few Oreos while they work!) I absolutely cannot wait to see their finished products. They seem to already have such a great understanding just from our first few days. I will let you know how they turn out!! I hope you will try it with your students.