Opinion writing in five paragraphs is a snap! Students choose a favorite activity and use persuasive writing to get their peers to try it. A clear step-by-step process with corresponding modeling and student sheets guide them. Planning and revising a five-paragraph essay becomes fun and easy. You should try it!
– Reviewing Structure and Strategies (W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5)
The class discusses structures and strategies necessary for an effective 5-paragraph persuasive essay and look at an exemplary piece.
– Choosing a Topic (W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5)
Each student lists five to ten potential topics then uses writing criteria to determine which would be best to use.
– Building a Case (W.3.1b, W.4.1b, W.5.1b)
After listing, eliminating, and combining supportive reasons, students view a sample persuasive writing organizer and complete their own.
– Writing Powerful Beginnings and Endings (W.3.1a/W.3.1d, W.4.1a/W.4.1d, W.5.1a/W.5.1d)
The teacher models powerful beginnings and endings. Each student writes a variety of parallel beginnings and endings and selects the best choices for his/her writing.
– Linking Opinions and Reasons (W.3.1c, W.4.1c, W.5.1c)
Students may review lists of words showing similarity, difference, cause/effect, examples, sequence, and conclusion or generate their own using a blank sheet.
– Writing Rough Drafts (W.3.4, W.4.4, W.5.4)
After reviewing criteria and examining a sample introduction, students draft their five-paragraph opinion pieces.
– Revising, Editing, and Finalizing (W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5)
Students edit their own persuasive writing using a self-check sheet then switch with a partner and conduct a peer review.
This product was written for high ability (gifted and talented) third graders and all fourth and fifth graders. It includes four pages of detailed lesson plans, eleven student pages (Choosing a Topic, Reasons to Try It, Persuasive Essay Organizer, Powerful Beginnings, Powerful Endings, Linking Words, Self-Check, and Peer Assessment), eight modeling sheets, a sample essay, and a comprehensive rubric.
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Common Core State Standards Addressed:
• CCSS W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1 – Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
• CCSS W.3.4, W.4.4, W.5.4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
• CCSS W.3.5, W.4.5, W.5.5 – With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.