Opinion Writing: 1st & 2nd Grade

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1st - 2nd
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Using a workshop model, students have opportunities for direction instruction, writing time (with conferring), and sharing their writing each day. This familiar routine keeps us, as teachers, focused on incremental growth and is a predictable routine for students.

I Can Statements for Opinion Unit…

  • share an opinion, using words and illustrations
  • introduce the topic
  • write an opinion statement
  • create an organizational structure
  • include reasons with details to support my opinion
  • use transition words
  • create a sense of closure
  • plan, revise, and edit with help

Mini-Lessons (Lessons & Materials Included for 4+ weeks of instruction)

  • Generating Writing Ideas
  • Because Day
    • Would You Rather…? Picture Prompts (24)
    • Would You Rather…? Mini Task Cards (28)
  • Planning and Organizing our Writing
    • 4 Types of Graphic Organizers included
  • Using Strong Reasons
    • Day 1: Reason Sorting
    • Day 2: Generating Strong Reasons and Weak Reasons
  • Hooking a Reader
    • Asking a Question
    • Telling a Story
    • Sharing a Fact
  • Using Transitional Words and Phrases
  • Creating a Sense of Closure
    • Restating an Opinion
    • Summarizing Reasons
    • Final Happy Thought
    • Referencing Another Opinion
  • Using a Checklist to Revise
  • Color-Coding our Work
  • Giving Feedback to a Friend

Other Materials:

  • Mentor Texts & Anchor Chart
  • Free Online Materials List
  • Picture-based writing prompts (16)
  • Teacher Move: Making Feedback Stick
  • Teacher Move: Writing Small Groups Organizer

Happy Teaching,

Catherine - The Brown Bag Teacher

Total Pages
80 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
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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