Opinion Writing & Reading Integration Unit [GRADES 4-5]

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Everything But The Books provides you with just that for all of ELA - you'll get the standards-aligned integrated lesson plans, activities, checklists, rubrics, additional readings, outlines, response to literature prompts, opinion prompts, and text-based opinion writing prompts; and all you need to get your hands on are the mentor texts!

Using one mentor text in as many subjects and for as many skills as possible helps you maximize your time. This unit uses four mentor texts which you'll need in order to use these lessons: The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini, Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest by Sarah Hampson, Let The Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, and The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. Don't own these books, or can't buy them? Check your libraries and search for online read-alouds of the text!

There are complete writing, reading, and mentor sentence lesson plans included which are perfect for 4th and 5th grade!

Although these were designed to be done with direct instruction, I have included Google Slides and Forms to the lessons for distance learning and 1:1 activities.

Not familiar with mentor sentences? Read all about them here!

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Check out the preview for an extensive look at the resource!

There are 29 lesson plans with core anchor standards, objectives, and actions along with printable activities, posters, word lists, articles, samples, and checklists when appropriate.

Many of the lessons have reading AND writing standards covered, so you can use them during any point of your ELA block. I have provided a suggested sequence that completes the unit within 3 weeks. The articles and texts also provide integration with social studies (Civil Rights Movement) and science (environmental conservation).

**Depending on the ELA time allowed in your schedule, this may take more than three weeks to complete!**

MENTOR SENTENCE LESSONS

  • The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini - possessives
  • Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest by Sarah Hampson - complex sentences
  • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry - vivid verbs

OPINION ESSAY WRITING LESSONS

  • Introduction to Opinions
  • (THREE) Brainstorming Lessons
  • Outline Opinion Essays
  • Reasons For Opinions
  • Using Transitions
  • Supporting Details
  • Solving a Problem Quick Write
  • Research Facts
  • Opinion Essay

MENTOR TEXT LESSONS

  • Identifying Opinions
  • (TWO) Identifying Reasons
  • (THREE) Response To Literature **CHECKLIST AND RUBRIC INCLUDED!**
  • Compare Two Mentor Texts
  • Connection to Nonfiction Article (see Paired Text Lessons below)

READING LESSONS TIED TO OPINION AND POINT OF VIEW

  • Book Reviews
  • Identifying Supporting Reasons in a Poem
  • Forming Opinion From Informational Text

PAIRED TEXT AND TEXT-BASED WRITING PROMPT LESSONS

  • Two Pairs of Articles (Exotic Pet Roaches and The World's Oldest Communities; and Chopping It Down and Lives at Risk) written by Jessica Ivey (me!) with TDQs and Paired Questions
  • Compare Two Mentor Texts (Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest by Sarah Hampson and Let The Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson)
  • Integrate Information in The Greensboro Four Article written by Jessica Ivey and Mentor Text (Let The Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson) and Respond
  • Compare The Greensboro Four Article written by Jessica Ivey with a Short Video
  • Text-Based Example to Backwards-Outline With Students
  • Text-Based Writing Prompt Using Chopping It Down and Lives at Risk
    **CHECKLIST AND RUBRIC INCLUDED!**

Sample outlines and prompts are written for you to use with your lessons. There are also bonus extensions included to move from opinion to persuasion!

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HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM JIVEY'S OTHER RESOURCES?

My other resources do not provide explicit sequenced weekly lesson plans so that you can move in and out of each unit as you need and go in any order you'd like. This unit has explicit lesson plans along with paired texts; mentor text activities; response to literature; mentor sentences; writing organizers, prompts, and samples; as well as text-based writing prompts and samples.

These sets will NOT use any of the books or articles previously used in other resources!

If you'd like reading activities without the lesson plans so you can use them freely throughout the year, check these links:

  • Better Than Basal (reading organizers and activities and writing prompts for mentor texts)
  • Paired Texts (paired articles with TDQs and constructed response prompts)

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WANT THE BUNDLE?

Purchase the bundle to get this OPINION unit with the INFORM and NARRATIVE units, too!

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Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

*The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson's methods. This is not the only way to "do" mentor sentences in your classroom.*

Copyright © 2019 Ideas By Jivey, LLC

All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.

Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

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Total Pages
128 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text”).
Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

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