This Persuasive/Opinion Writing Unit includes the following:
-Persuasive Topics/Questions Visuals (13 Posters-laminating is suggested)
Recomendation: Introduce only 5 or so of the topics to start with. Then at the end of the unit give them 5 or so new topics to write their "final Persuasive piece" on. (Great for writing assessment using included rubric)
Intro Recommendation: Read the Story "I Wanna Iguana" by Karen Kaufman Orloff and have the class all write about the same topic "What is the best pet?".
EX Topics/Questions in Visuals:
What is your favorite game?
What is the best sport?
What is your favorite vacation location?
What is the best part of school?
-Transition Word Visuals (5 Posters-laminated is suggested) Hang in class for children to reference during writing periods as a reminder to use transition words on each page.
Persuasive Writing Pages:
--Brainstorm Page (children write three separate questions from the visuals and write their one or two word opinion on the line) Having this brainstorm page will make it easy to help kids restart the process when completing their first persuasive book. Differentiate/Challenge: double side this page and have them come up with 6 topics
--Outline Page (students write their opinion in the circle and then come up with 3 reasons to support their opinion)
Differentiate/Challenge: ask your students to think of 4 or 5 reasons)
--Title Page (Students copy the Persuasive Question of their choosing from their Brainstorm page onto the top of the tile page. Then they write their opinion. Many students benefit from the guidance of using sentence starts like "I think..." to start their opinion sentence. Many of my students also enjoyed adding an extra sentence under their opinion EX: "Read this book to find out why..."
--Writing Page (with self editing strip) (Students start the page by writing the Transition word that correlates EX: Reason One; Reason Two...) a the top of the page. Then they copy their same sentence from their outline and then come up with 1-2 more sentences as details to support this reason. Have them self-edit their work at the end of each page by checking the box when they have revised their work for capitals, punctuation...etc.
--Conclusion Page (w/Note to Reader) Students can start their conclusion by saying "In conclusion I think -restate their opinion- because" and have them restate their 3 or more reasons why. While writing the conclusion, students should have their outline next to them to make sure they are restating all of their reasons.
Note to reader- Many of my students enjoying writing a note to their reader like "Thank you for reading my book!" "I hope you learned why......is the best"
--Grade 1 Appropriate Pers. Writing Rubric based on a 1-5 scale (Rubric Scoring Topics: Spelling, Sentence Structure, Following Outline, Content, Legibility)