** Updated** Includes Opinion Graphic Organizer and Opinion Map, Compare and Contrast constructed response questions and RUBRIC!
To squish or not to squish? This is a decision the young boy is making in the book, Hey, Little Ant by Philip M. Hoose. This too is the idea behind this common core writing craft-ivity for upper elementary students. Students will form an opinion based on the book Hey, Little Ant and from doing further research about ants in the books , Are you an Ant? by Judy Allen, It’s an Ant’s Life by Steve Parker, National Geographic Kids Ants by Melissa Stewart, or The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci. Kids will decide which point of view they believe and based on evidence and research from various texts will support their opinion.
Opinion writing is a big part of the Common Core State Standards and this craft-ivity is a great way to practice writing and have a cute way to display the writing for parents and the school to see. Included in this 40 page packet are recommended books to share to spark thinking and discussion about whose point of view is the "correct" one. A seven day lesson plan is included with specific graphic organizers for planning and writing, checklists for editing and revising, lead and ending charts, posters for a class activity on point of view, letters for a bulletin board heading, clip art of a shoe and ant to dress up student writing and a picture of a final product.
My students really enjoyed this whole project and were proud to display their thinking in the hallways of our school.