.We practiced a little bit whole group, sitting knee-to-knee, but it was a quick practice. Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion. The student with the prompt paper asked the question and student with the sentence frame paper responded.
The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students. I want a set of student work that we can refer back to and revise over the coming weeks as we delve deeper into opinion writing. Not only was I able to get another piece of writing from students, they used the given opinion statement and matching reason to practice some higher-level writing. They wrote that opinion and reason on a blank paper and wrote two more reasons to go with that opinion. We practiced a bit with these additions. I was a hard ball about it and required that students used these frames, at least for today.
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Model, Model, Model! My goal for this day was to introduce the concept and emphasize the need to state an opinion and supply reasons. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter and Pinterest!
They make them for grades Since this was their first day working with the sentence frames, I kept it simple and stuck to these sentence frames. Other Resources I Have Used Scholastic offers many different resources for helping your students become better with their opinion writing, or for younger writers, understanding the difference between fact and opinion. Partner Practice with Stating an Opinion After we had some whole group guided practice, students then did some partner practice.
After the board game, I gave students three prompts from the game. I'd love to hear your tips for elementary writing in the comment section below.
Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion. Each student had to find a partner with the opposite kind of paper. After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including: Should birthday treats and bagel sales be banned at school? I then had students go back to their table groups and play a board game. Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy.
They were actually complete sentences! Do you need some ways to introduce opinion writing to your students? Tuesday: Use Sentence Frames to State an Opinion Goal: Use sentence frames to state an opinion On day two, I introduced students to using sentence frames to state an opinion. They were able to see how they could manipulate the sentence frames. We came back together to report out one or two reasons for each recess activity. After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper.
It was a very simple board game where they flipped over a card, gave their opinion using a sentence frame, rolled the die, and moved a marker.
We did a few rounds of this then came back together whole group. I had one student ask the question and the other student answer the question using a sentence frame. Tuesday: Use Sentence Frames to State an Opinion Goal: Use sentence frames to state an opinion On day two, I introduced students to using sentence frames to state an opinion. This student is one of my lowest English learners. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter and Pinterest! Monday: State an Opinion Goal: Introduce opinion writing and the concept of stating an opinion and supplying reasons This was our first day working with opinion writing formally this year.