Included in this unit are detailed lesson plans and directions for each step of the writing process, graphic organizers, a teacher example to model for students, different post writing paper options, word wall words, and a fact vs. opinion center. In addition, this unit includes 14 online resources (websites and videos) to help your students learn about the pros/cons of chewing gum with QR codes for each resource to make it easy for your students to scan and learn. Students can view and evaluate the resources (you can do this whole group, students can do it with a partner, or they can do it individually) to build background knowledge about gum, and to read different perspectives about the benefits and dangers of chewing gum. In addition, if you have access to Google Classroom, there is a Google Doc option included. All of the resources are packaged into a multimedia text set that you can copy and share with your students through Google Classroom or Google Drive. Students can then explore the resources on their own and will have them all in one place.
As Common Core continues to develop and find its place in our classrooms, we are constantly looking for ways to incorporate authentic reading and writing opportunities for our students. This is especially challenging when trying to give younger students authentic writing practice in a meaningful way. This unit provides exactly that- authentic resources for your students to evaluate and unpack while deciding whether or not chewing gum in the classroom is a good idea. Each year I’ve done this writing project with my students, I’ve found that they are incredibly motivated
because they are writing for a real purpose; to persuade their teacher to allow (or not) them to chew gum in the classroom! This writing unit is aligned with the Common Core opinion/persuasive writing standards.
This unit was born during state testing (when 2nd graders used to have to take the STAR test in California). I would allow them to chew gum during the test as a treat. One year I decided (like all good teachers) To make them work for it… They were required to write a persuasive writing piece to the prompt: In your opinion, should students be allowed to chew gum at school? Give reasons to support your opinion. This was incredibly motivating for my students. I’ve found with writing motivation is half the battle. If we can get students excited about writing for a purpose that is important to them, we’ve succeeded. And in a 2nd grader’s world, chewing gum seemed to be incredibly important. Especially when there is a chance you might actually let them chew gum!
Feel free to use this unit as a motivator to write! You could allow the “star student” to chew gum, as a special reward, during tests, or whenever you decide.
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