This was developed in order to teach Opinion (or Persuasive) writing. The week long unit focuses on understanding the OREO graphic organizer and learning how reasons and examples are different and how to use both to create successful opinion writing.
The unit includes:
-Skill worksheets: Sorting Fact Vs. Opinion, Sorting Reasons Vs. Examples, and Defining Reasons and Examples
-Anchor charts for notebooks: OREO organizer (several versions)
-The OREO graphic organizer for Opinion Writing including many options for 1-3 reasons and examples. Perfect for your differentiation needs.
-Publishing paper (many decorative options, each including lines for large and medium handwriting)
-Options for student teacher feedback: Smart Cookie papers to fill out for written feedback, and differentiated personal checklists appropriate for 1-3 grade
When I used this unit with my class, I presented them with the question, "In your opinion, what is the best cookie?" I modeled writing about my favorite cookies, Oreos, and served up a double stuffed Oreo to everyone at the end of the lesson. For the rest of the week, we focused on understanding how to organize opinion writing with an Opinion, Reasons, Examples, and a closing Opinion. We also focused on understanding the difference between Reasons and Examples and learning new transition words to use (For example, like, and in addition). We added sentence starters to our anchor charts to help with this concept.