Opinion writing is essential for students in the upper elementary and middle grades. Writing about reading is a great place to start!
I developed this lesson using:
Literary Essay: Opening Texts and Seeing More, Grade 5
By Katie Clements, Mike Ochs, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Edited by Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University
The touchstone texts for this lesson are: "The Marble Champ" by Gary Soto and "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. You will need copies of Soto's book "Baseball in April and Other Stories" and Cisneros' book "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories" to read aloud.
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