Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.


  • opinion
  • persuade
  • persuasive
  • fact/facts

  • topic
  • support
  • details
  • introduce

  • reason
  • closure/conclusion/concluding sentence/concluding statement
  • linking words

  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.

  • 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?
  • How do linking words help to connect ideas in writing?
  • What is the purpose of a closing statement in writing? What are examples of good closing statements?

Go to W.1.1 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to W.3.1 to see the progression of related skills.