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“This unit is OUTSTANDING! So easy to follow, all resources included. The students are really understanding opinion writing, thanks to the easy step by step parts!” - Alyssa R.
If teaching writing has ever made you cry, weep, tear out your hair, question your existence, or binge-watch reality television—because it’s just that frustrating and overwhelming—I made this resource for you.
If your students dread writing time more than meatloaf in the school cafeteria...I made this resource for them, too.
We promise you: if any of that sounds like you or your students, you are NOT alone.
Many teachers like you have told me that their district-provided curriculum is too wordy and/or hard to implement. (Or worse, there’s no curriculum at all.) But you’re still expected to instill the necessary skills into your students so they can perform well on standardized tests! How are you supposed to do it?
Enter: The Not So Wimpy Teacher Opinion Writing Unit for 3rd Grade. This unit is your kit for instructing students in opinion writing (AKA, persuasive writing):
- It contains EVERYTHING you need to teach opinion (persuasive) writing for 8 weeks—including mentor texts. You do not need to purchase any additional books! (Unless you want to.)
- The lesson plans are simple, so all you have to do is print and teach.
- Students will learn all of the skills necessary for writing persuasive essays with a strong opinion: how to use facts and reasons, how to write topic and concluding sentences, how to structure paragraphs...and so much more!
- There are digital anchor charts you can just project onto your white board- so you don’t have to be Picasso or Renoir to anchor your kids in the lesson.
Most importantly? It makes writing fun for your students. The NSWT office has received many reports that students get so excited about these writing units, they moan and groan when writing time is over. Why is that such a big deal? Students who enjoy writing and get lots of practice perform better on standardized testing.
When I say this unit has everything you need, I do mean everything. There are 164 pages that are organized into multiple files to make it easy to find what you need!
How it Works
Each lesson plan outlines a typical day of writing with these components:
- Mini-Lesson: The day kicks off with a mini-lesson to teach a particular skill. The mini-lesson uses mentor text (remember, it’s included in the unit) and anchor charts. For the teacher version of the anchor charts, you can project and fill them out with the class, or print and display them in your classroom. The student versions are smaller so they can fill them out and keep them in their writing notebooks for reference.
- Work Time: Students will apply the skill they just learned into their writing each day. The included writing tasks make it crystal-clear for your students what to do during independent writing time. By the end of the unit, they will have completed two full masterpieces and many other independent writings.
- Share Time: Students are encouraged to share a piece of their writing with a partner or with the entire class. I recommend mixing it up!
- Detailed teacher directions and suggestions for simple implementation
- 7 exclusive videos to help implement and organize the unit
- Unit at-a-glance calendar
- 40 days of lesson plans that include guiding questions, materials, mini-lessons, student work tasks, student share tasks, interventions, and several extension activities
- 14 original mentor text passages
- 24 opinion writing task cards (identifying whether a topic is an opinion)
- 24 writing prompt task cards
- 11 teacher anchor charts (blank and filled in versions)
- 14 student anchor charts and printables for writing notebooks
- Conference and goal tracking forms
- Writing grades tracking forms
- List of 10 additional mentor text books (optional)
- 6 different writing publishing papers
- Student writing notebook cover and dividers
- Teacher notebook covers and binder spines
- Multiple ideas for author share celebrations
- NEW!!! Digital Writing Notebook with student anchor charts on Google Slides
- Setting goals
- What is an opinion essay?
- Generating essay ideas
- Writing strong opinion statements
- Writing a lead
- Supporting your opinion with reasons
- Considering your audience
- Consider opposing opinions
- Supporting your opinion with examples
- Writing a lead
- Topic and concluding sentences
- Word choice
- Writing a conclusion
- Generating deeper topics (research based)
Please take a look at the preview to see examples of what’s included in the unit.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
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