St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. There are so many fun things to do in class for this holiday! Everyone will be wearing green, eating green snacks, and doing fun projects. One project that my students will be doing is writing. We are constantly working with opinion writing and will be doing a few prompts about St. Patrick's Day. My students seem to enjoy silly topics and fun themed organizers so I have come up with this St. Patrick's Day opinion writing unit. I've added a few pages here for you to try with your own students. See what you think! If you would like the entire unit with the prompt, please visit my TpT Store to check it out. The preview shows more of what is included.
WHEW!! Last week was a busy week in my classroom... Honestly its always busy, being that I have a combination class this year, but last week was very productive busy- which I absolutely love! My students have been working on expository writing for quite a while now, and just this past week, we
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.
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So the school year started in August and I have never been so tired. We usually hit the ground running, but this year was busier than ever. Finding out my class would be a combo class two weeks before the school year started was difficult, while my partner is dealing with 36 students in class...Yes that said 36..in one room.
Staying focused is important. I want my students to have a great school experience during their time with me. I want them to learn, but also to expand their thinking, their curiosity, and have fun doing it.