Saturday, April 26, 2014

What's Your Opinion?? From Start to Finish...

I love teaching opinion writing! It's a fantastic way to teach and reinforce paragraph writing. Not to mention, it gives my students a voice. 

Every good writing genre needs a few mentor texts! Have you read these "I Wanna..." books?? They are a MUST for any classroom, not matter what grade level. These books helped us come up with some fantastic opinion writing ideas! Our writing theme was writing opinion letters to our parents in the style of the "I Wanna..." books. 



We brainstormed what it was that we wanted, but we knew we had to have convincing reasons before we sent the letters to our parents! 



Using real-world examples of opinion writing, we discussed the types of reasons opinion writers used. After reading several different examples of opinion writing (I found many sources on the internet), my students analyzed what types of arguments the author used. 

This really helped to strengthen our own writing since we were sure to use many different types of supporting arguments to try and  convince our parents. 

When it comes to writing a paragraph, how to begin is sometimes the hardest part. I know many teaches use different phrases to describe the first sentence in our writing. The phrase I use with my kiddos is, "starter sentence." Before we began writing the rough draft of our paragraph, we wrote down four different types of starter sentences and chose our best one to use in our writing. 


Students learn that they can start a paragraph with a...

Simple Sentence
Question
Number Sentence (uses a number or a quantitative phrase)
Situation Stance (ideas separated by a comma)


The great thing about writing several starter sentences is that students can also use a starter sentence as a conclusion. 


We had so much fun writing our opinion letters! My second graders typed their letters and drew a picture to match to publish their writing. I hung their letters up to showcase them during conferences. 


And there you have it! Our opinions have been heard! 

What's your opinion on opinion writing!? Share some of your ideas below!
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