My favorite writing time has come! Opinion writing has started and it’s my all time favorite! I truly had to breathe it all in this week because next week, my student teacher takes over writing. This is probably the hardest subject for me to let go of to her so it’s a good thing we did it as one of the firsts for her to take over. I’m glad I got to enjoy a week’s worth of opinion writing though!
You guys, before this… My kids struggled with topic sentences. We were always coming up with them together… Basically me saying what the topic sentence should be, but now… Now, they get it. One activity that they really enjoyed was with the scrambled sentences.
After scrambling the sentences, they colored the topic sentence yellow.
This pack comes with other things to help you tackle teaching topic sentence in your classroom as well.
In this pack, you can find anchor charts, a fun construction hat, and many, many printables and activities for you and your students to practice discovering the topic, topic sentence, and creating topic sentences.
Now, on to opinion writing…
On Monday, we read Groundhog Gets A Say.
Groundhog Gets A Say is pretty amazing for a variety of reasons. 1. You learn a lot about groundhogs from this story, probably more than you would ever want to! It would be perfect for Groundhog’s Day or even when teaching your students about informational stories. But, I read it to introduce opinion writing because the groundhog is telling his opinion of how awesome he is and why. The kids got a kick out of it! After reading it, my students went back to their seats and wrote a quick write of who they thought the best person in the world is. They were adorbs.
The important part of that quick write though was that I wanted them to be able to form an opinion and write about it. No structure to it, but since we had just learned about topic sentences, that was the main focus of what I was looking for. Kind of a checkpoint for myself to see what they retained from our lessons the previous week.
The next day, we did a shared writing opinion story about why our principal is the best principal. They’re the sweetest.
The next book we read was A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea. Holy moly, I love this book.
I could honestly barely get through each page without the kids busting up in laughter, sometimes tears of laughter. In this book, the author is giving his opinion with reasons why a pig parade is a terrible idea.
While reading, we wrote the reasons down on anchor paper.
My kids were completely in love with the texts I chose and the activities/writing that they did. The more the students enjoy the book, the more they are going to enjoy their writing piece. The panda parade was more silly, but they could really connect to the school one because they all had such strong opinions as to why we should not have school every day.
So, yep! Teacher approved. Student approved.
How do you teach opinion writing?