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Opinion Writing Unit | Grades K-3 | Which Pet Should We Get?

Grade Levels
K - 3rd
Formats Included
  • PDF
47 pages


If you enjoyed this unit, make sure to check out the other opinion writing units!

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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 which pet to get for your classroom or home. Each year I’ve done this writing unit with my students, I’ve found that they are incredibly motivated because they are writing for a real purpose! This writing unit is aligned with the Common Core opinion/persuasive writing standards.

You can see a short video of this writing project HERE.

When this video was posted, I was using iPod Touches with my 2nd grade class; each student had access to an iPod Touch to do their research. If you do have classroom devices, wonderful! However, they are not necessary to do this writing unit successfully!

This video generated lots of questions about the resources I used. And this packet was born! I did my best to explain, in great detail, each step of the writing project from start to finish.

You can also check out the blog to read more about this fun writing unit!

Included in this unit are detailed lesson plans and directions, online resources with QR codes for each resource (for hamster, hermit crab, and beta fish), graphic organizers, a teacher example to model for students, different post writing paper options, and completed student samples. There is also information included about a neat grant opportunity if you really are interested in getting a pet for your classroom or home!

I hope you and your students will enjoy deciding which pet to get!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
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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