These are my lesson plans for a writing unit on Opinion Writing.
The first few lessons of this unit are about learning how to create an opinion on various topics and then the majority of the lessons are about writing their own essay about a book that they feel should win an award (I gave them several choices of books to choose from). I used the Newbery Award as an example, but I was not strict with the actual Newbery guidelines. I was more concerned that they state their opinion on which book should win an award and give examples for their choice.
All lessons are written in a mini-lesson format and the plans follow components of the Danielson Framework.
The outline for the unit is as follows (although I spent multiple days on some):
- practice creating an opinion
- create an opinion about a character and practice supporting it with an example from the text
- create a opinion on a book of their choice and support it with an example from the text
- complete graphic organizer with opinion and examples fro the text to support it
- draft the introduction
- draft the body paragraphs
- draft the conclusion
All lesson plans include the following components: unit, lesson topic, objective (written in the “Today I will __ so that I can __. I’ll know I’ve got it when __.” format), Common Core Learning Standards, materials, vocabulary, motivation/connection, learning plan, higher order thinking questions, assessment, differentiation, closure, and reinforce and extend learning.
I referenced several books in this unit, but they can easily be substituted for other books that you choose. I also included some examples of pieces of my own story in these plans, but you can of course change them too. These plans are editable so feel free to change anything you wish!
After the lesson plans, I included some of the graphic organizers that I used for these lessons. The first organizer is for organizing their opinion and the reasons to support their opinion. I included three versions of this graphic organizer for differentiation: one with two reasons to support the opinion, one with three reasons to support their opinion, and one with four reasons to support their opinion. The second graphic organizer is for the purpose of drafting the paragraphs to make sure that the students include a topic sentence, opinion, reason for the opinion, and details in each paragraph. Again, I included three versions of this graphic organizer (one with two reasons, one with three reasons, and one with four reasons) for differentiation.
This is a zip file. Once you click on it, the folder will open to reveal all of the lesson plans for this unit (10 of them) and 6 different graphic organizers.
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