This writing unit found inspiration in the 30 Day Challenge website at http://www.my30dc.com/site.
The lesson starts with an inspiring TED video about trying something new for 30 days. After watching the moving video, they play an interactive whole group game examining activities they have tried/want to try with several partners.
The activity leads into an OREO writing activity where students develop opinion writing pieces based on the theme: You Should Try It! They try to persuade others why trying what they did/want to do for 30 days is important. The unit is aligned with Common Core State Standards-W.4.1! It is based off 4th grade standards; however, it is easily adaptable for 2nd grade and up! Your students will be engaged, motivated, and eager to learn opinion writing and change their lives... in 30 days!