Expository Opinion Essay “Fantastic Field Trip Letter.”
Common Core ELA Standards addressed in this essay:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1b Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1c Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented
Builds on CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
This is a great opportunity to write an opinion essay and incorporate researching and math skills.
Have students generate a list of ideas of where to go on a class field trip. Make sure they know they can fly. Then go online for researching costs and information about their destination.
Expedia.com is good for giving package prices on air and hotel. Have students multiply the price for one by the amount of students in your class for a double digit decimal math story problem.
Have the students use the graphic organizer to help them gather information on their location.
Review the rubric with students before they start the rough draft. Try having students edit in teams or pairs before the final copy.