W.3.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
(a). Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
(b). Provide reasons that support the opinion.
(c). Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.
(d). Provide a concluding statement or section.


 


VOCABULARY
  • opinion
  • persuade
  • persuasive
  • topic

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

  • linking words and phrases
  • fact/facts
  • text/texts
  • point of view
  • organizational structure
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?
  • How do linking words help to connect ideas in writing?
  • Which organizational structure best supports opinion/persuasive writing?
  • What is the purpose of a closing statement in writing? What are examples of good closing statements?


LEARNING PROGRESSION

Go to W.2.1 to see skills mastered prior to this.