This lesson was originally done with a group of high beginner-low intermediate ESL students to reinforce the opinion writing they were doing in their regular English classes. Please note that students should already have been exposed to opinion writing!
This activity can take 2-3 days depending on how much time you have with the students and if you would like to add an extension at the end where the students edit their work.
The lesson (following PowerPoint)
1- Review opinion writing/hand out tips sheet
2- Show the sample opinion piece/discuss
3- Try it together (have a news article ready)
4- Students go to one of two websites (or provide news articles), choose an article, and write their piece
5- Gallery walk, peer critique, and share
An extension would be to have students edit based on critique they received.
1- PowerPoint- editable
2- Opinion tips handout sheet- PDF
3- My sample opinion piece- editable
PLEASE NOTE: Having access to computers would be best!