Common Core Writing Practice to Mastery! 2nd Grade Opinion Writing Edition

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Welcome to “Writing Practice to Mastery!” Since you can use this packet over and over again for different opinion writing topics, it is truly “A Year’s Worth of Opinion Writing Practice!”

I can write an opinion piece in which I:
--introduce the topic or book I am writing about,
--state my opinion,
--supply reasons to support my opinion,
--use linking words to connect my opinion and reasons,
--and provide a concluding statement or section.
No extra resources needed! Everything you need is included in this unit!

“Writing Practice to Mastery!” can be used with individual students or with a small group of students working as a team to produce an opinion paper that meets all of the requirements of Common Core 2.W.1. It also allows for research to support the opinion and includes a Opinion Writing Scoring Guide that includes student self-scoring, peer scoring and teacher scoring. Students reflect on their scores and then make a plan for improvement on the next Opinion Writing assignment. All of these features, used with the following plan, allows you to cover 2.W.1, 2.W.5, 2.W.6, 2.W.7 and 2.W.8!
Step 1: Topic Planning
Step 2: Introducing Your Topic
Step 3: Stating Your Opinion
Step 4: Doing Your Research
Step 5: Supporting Your Opinion & Linking Support
Step 6: Concluding Statements
Share With the World!
(Template for putting it all together.) Revision and editing happen from this copy. Digital publishing (or using the template again to publish in the students’ best handwriting) is the final step.
Opinion Writing Scoring Guide& plan for improvement
Total Pages
13 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.


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