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:
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. A great one to have in your classroom is: Click on the images below to download and print.
There are many more sheets like these in Scholastic Teachables. A couple weeks into our persuasive writing unit and I have already seen a lot of progress from our very first efforts. We may not have mastered this writing yet, but we are definitely on our way and that mountain doesn't seem quite so high anymore.
I hope you find a few of these tips and my graphic organizers helpful! I'd love to hear your tips for elementary writing in the comment section below. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter and Pinterest! Other teachers in my building use the resources for their grade level as well.
They make them for grades Jul 28, · Each student will now write a two paragraph essay stating one of his opinions, as well as three reasons why he has that opinion. Tell Me About It! Writing Opinion Essays. Lesson plan. Tell Me About It! Writing Opinion Essays Adding your school can help us give you better content recommendations based on what teachers in your school or /5(8).
Opinion writing in our classroom for the first week focused on state an opinion using academic language.
Your students’ writing success is the perfect example of what explicit and systematic teaching of writing can achieve.
I am doing research on opinion essays, and this was a refreshing post. Keep up the great work with your students. Jul 28, · Distribute copies of the What is an Opinion sheet. Through discussion, have the students help you develop a definition for the word "opinion." Have them write down the definition on their practice sheet and complete the second portion on their own.
Have students take out paper and pencils/5(3). Annotation: Control of conventions is evident in sentence structure and variety, and in consistently correct punctuation that includes commas, apostrophes, dashes, question marks and exclamation points. EQAO OSSLT March Scoring Guide for Long Writing Topic Development Section I Opinion Code Descriptor Blank The pages are blank with nothing written or drawn in the space provided.
Illegible The response is illegible, or irrelevant to the prompt. Off topic The response is off topic. Code 10 The response is related to the prompt but does not express an opinion. Ielts essay topics list descriptive essay 70 words quotes high school university essay myself ielts essay on my hobby refugees the best essay words use academic english essay water is life experience as a teacher essay grader describe home essay job application ucla phd thesis format objective essay writing yoga in kannada essay love my mother nursery students.