Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. Narrative Forming an Opinion on Whipping Boys 15 minutes The students have already formed some strong opinions about the use of whipping boys while reading "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman. I have found that often when the students have strong opinions, they enjoy writing about their opinions and proving why they feel the way they do.
Many Scholastic news articles are perfect to use because they are short, and for the most part have a structure that is similar to how I want my students to write.
The articles often include: Mint should stop making pennies. Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion.
After discussing the pros and cons with partners, the class took sides. With students divided into two groups, they took part in a spirited Visible Thinking debate called Tug of War.
After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper.
Using the name of a popular cookie is a mnemonic device that helps my students remember the structural order their paragraphs need to take: Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion.
Because this was our first foray into example writing, we worked through the organizer together.
My students did pretty well with the initial organizer and we used it again to plan out opinion pieces on whether sledding should be banned in city parks.
Once students had planned out two different opinions, they selected one to turn into a full paragraph in their writer's notebooks.
The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students. With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high.
Giving each student one sandwich cookie to munch on while they worked on these organizers helped keep them excited about the whole process. After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including: Should birthday treats and bagel sales be banned at school?
Should all peanut products be banned? Should we be allowed to download our own apps on the iPads the school gave us? As we continued to practice, different organizers were introduced.
Those are shown below. Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy. The organizer below is my favorite to use once the students are more familiar with the structure of opinion paragraphs.
It establishes the structure, but also helps students remember to use opinion-based sentence starters along with transition words. Below is a simple organizer some of my students can also choose to use.
Other Resources I Have Used Scholastic offers many different resources for helping your students become better with their opinion writing, or for younger writers, understanding the difference between fact and opinion.This WebQuest is for a third grade reading class.
The students will be utilizing their reading, communication, group work, creativity, and writing skills! Grade: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Wa Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.
Graphic Organizers for Opinion Writing By Genia Connell. This week I am happy to share with you a few tips along with the graphic organizers I created to help get my students writing opinion pieces that showed me that my students, while not quite there yet, were fully capable of making it to the top of that mountain.
I love using the. WriteSteps 4th Grade Opinion Writing.
Common Core Standard W Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with. Unit Lesson Plan.
Grade Level: 4th/5th. Content Areas: Science and Language: Group size: students: Materials: Differentiate between fact and opinion.
will be using the Internet for accessing the Persuasive Writing WebQuest and the online resources that it provides. The students. GRADE: Fourth Grade NAME OF ASSESSMENT: W Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Students will write an opinion piece, taking on a point of view on the topic of meet the expectations for fourth grade opinion writing and to use evidence from the.