Opinion Writing | Anchor Charts, Checklist, Graphic Organizers, Prompts & Rubric

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An Interactive Opinion Writing Unit with lesson plans, anchor charts, opinion writing prompts, graphic organizers and more! This set of tools and resources teaches second grade and third grade students how to write an opinion through meaningful cooperative learning activities. This opinion writing resource has a variety of scaffolded writing activities to engage students, with both the oral and written language skills needed to for each part of the opinion writing process. It breaks down the writing process into manageable steps and provides students many opportunities to practice.

Students will be able to write well-crafted opinion paragraphs or essays after developing the scaffolds for the skill orally and then taking it to writing. The tools included in this resource can be used for any opinion writing topics. Opinion writing prompts and topics are included.

In second grade, students must introduce topic or text, state their opinion, supply reasons, and provide a sense of closure. In third grade, students must also support a point of view with reasons and use an organizational structure when writing.

This unit is broken down by part of an opinion piece of writing. Students focus on, develop academic language about, and master one component at a time. Practice one writing skill at a time to ensure student mastery with each part of the process.

Each part will take 3-5 days to teach, practice and gain independence. Teachers are encouraged to teach the opinion writing unit in this order:

  • State an Opinion
  • Supply Reasons with Linking Words
  • Introduce a Topic
  • Provide a Concluding Statement

Woven through each of the above sections are cooperative learning strategies, oral and written prompts, group practice, and individual practice specific to each section.

To see more information and visuals of the unit, see these blog posts:

This Opinion Writing Unit includes:

  • Instructional Strategies for Opinion Writing
  • Opinion Writing Anchor Charts / Vocabulary Cards
  • Cooperative Learning Activities to Practice Opinion Writing
  • Sorts and practice sheets
  • Sentence Frames for Each Component of Opinion Writing, including
    • Introduce a Topic
    • State an Opinion
    • Supply Reasons
    • Provide a Concluding Statement

  • Opinion Writing Prompts and Topics for Practicing Each Opinion Writing Component
  • Opinion Writing Graphic Organizers
  • Paragraph Sorts for:
    • Opinion vs. Reason
    • Entire Paragraph Components

  • Paragraph Templates with Sentence Frames
  • Writing Prompts for Formal Writing and Assessments
  • Practice Sheets
  • Checklist for opinion writing aligned with the common core standards
  • Opinion Writing Samples Written by Students

Before taking it to writing, students work through a variety of oral prompts during whole group and in small groups, practicing how to introduce a topic, state an opinion, supply or give reasons, and provide a concluding statement. After students have had sufficient practice with the oral opinion prompts for each piece of the opinion writing process, students use the included templates and worksheets to practice that skill.


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The opinion writing unit was designed for second grade students, but could be used in third grade as well, by having students add examples to their writing. It can easily be adapted up or down.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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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