W.1.1

Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

 


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VOCABULARY

  • opinion
  • persuade
  • persuasive
  • topic

  • support
  • details
  • introduce
  • reason
  • closure/conclusion/concluding sentence

INTEGRATION IDEAS  what's this
  • Model examples of opinion and persuasive writing through the use of mentor texts. Some examples are: Hey Little Ant by Phillip Hoose, Earrings by Judith Viorst, and I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff.
  • Social studies, civics and current events all provide topics for students to express an opinion and support that opinion with reasons and/or facts. Deciding upon the class rules can also give students an outlet for taking a side and debating.
  • When students have an opinion on a topic, allow them time to research facts on the topic to support their opinion. This allows for integration of research and technology/media skills.

QUESTIONS TO FOCUS INSTRUCTION  what's this
  • Do my students understand the difference between fact and opinion?
  • How do I teach my students to express his/her opinion?
  • How can I help students to understand that they must support their opinion with reasons, details and/or facts?
  • What is the purpose of a closing statement in writing? What are examples of good closing statements?


LEARNING PROGRESSION
Go to W.K.1 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to W.2.1 to see the progression of related skills.