Opinion Pieces provides 3rd-6th grade teachers the necessary writing pieces to deliver high-quality writing lessons and assessments that are aligned to the Common Core opinion writing standards. The comprehensive resource contains purposeful materials that teachers can use in a multitude of ways: to model the process of writing an opinion piece during whole or small group instruction, to analyze what thoughtful writers do well, to provide small group writing remediation, or to assess student understanding of the opinion writing process. Best of all, students are learning and internalizing the process of writing an opinion with text and prompts that inspire them to form opinions.
Common Core Aligned Standards
Introduce a topic, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped.
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases.
Provide a concluding statement or section.
Establish and maintain a formal style.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
1 Suggested Guided Writing Model and Pacing Guide
9 Dual reading passages containing high-interest text that students are motivated to read
9 Prompts that invite students to form and express opinions
9 Graphic organizer exemplars for teachers to use when modeling how to extract details from text to support an opinion and how to compare and contrast details between reading passages
9 Graphic organizers for students
9 Written exemplars for teachers to use when they model how to write an opinion piece or to use when analyzing what thoughtful writers do well in their writing
1 Rubric containing Common Core opinion writing criteria with a suggested letter grade conversion scale
1 Excel spreadsheet (paper version and software) to record student writing performance and to identify areas of need
1 Set of bookmarks containing transitional words and phrases in kid-friendly “speak”
1 Set of student opinion writing checklists
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