In this detailed, primary lesson plan, students create literary response and analysis opinion pieces, referencing literary elements when giving support for their opinions.
The lesson introduces the concept of opinion with an explicit definition.
The lesson includes color-coding for visual learners, sentence strips to manipulate into a paragraph for kinesthetic learners, and more. Differentiation for ELs, GATE students, and struggling readers and writers is provided via independent reading at instructional reading levels and numerous scaffolds throughout the lesson.
This common core standard is important for many reasons. Firstly, it empowers children as it allows them to express an opinion. The ability to express opinion also makes the lesson engaging for students. Secondly, it promotes critical thinking as students are asked to defend their opinion. Thirdly, the lesson links the standard to reading comprehension of both grade level texts and independent reading done at students’ instructional reading levels. Fourthly, the standard directly teaches writing organization, as students receive scaffolds to assist them in writing a clear, properly formatted paragraph.