Thursday, January 7, 2016

Writer's Workshop: Kicking off our Opinion Unit

In Writer’s Workshop this week we began our next unit on persuasive writing. In this unit students will write opinion pieces in which they introduce a topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons to support their opinion, use linking words (because, and, also) to connect their opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. This all seems like a lot to ask now, but the children will be working hard on these goals over the next couple of weeks! 

This week we discussed the difference between a fact and opinion and practiced sorting statements during a fun, hands-on activity. We reviewed the acronym O.R.E.O. (opinion, reason, example, opinion) that helps us remember how to organize a convincing argument. We learned a catchy new song to help us with this as well! Check it out!

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