This unit is designed with differentiation in mind. The graphic organizer template that you will use is differentiated for four ability levels, intended to scaffold writers to total understanding. It can also be used with any other future opinion writing. At the end of this unit, on a first grade level, students should be able to write their opinion on the stage 4 level. This unit can be used to write your opinion on a text OR support a general opinion.
In order to make the most of this unit, be sure to apply the Writing Process once at stage 4. Also, students should have a basic understanding of paragraph writing including topic sentence, supporting details, and closing sentence as well as be able to edit their own writing.