Provide a solution to the problem. Before You Write There are two things you need to do before you start writing an opinion piece: you need to form your opinion and think of your audience. For this we have provided ten cards with pre-programmed topics ex: fish vs. Instead, make it clear what side of the fence you are on and support your opinions with facts, examples and hard evidence. Make sure that you send a follow-up email or place a follow-up call within a week of sending off your piece.
You can download the complete, free unit by clicking on the bold green download below the lesson descriptions. We suggest you do one together as a mini-lesson, and then for more practice if needed assign the other three to small groups more than one group can have the same page. Ask students to sit on the floor in a circle, and model alternately giving statements that are fact and opinion. An opinion is just a fancy word for your point of view, or what you think about something. This article was co-authored by. What are they constantly complaining about? Of course, your letter should still feel personal to your readers. These multiple sections can feel long, confusing, and insurmountable to some students.
The article is titled, I will have the students read the article individually with a highlighter and a pencil. Afternoons were spent in art classes, and among the bookshelves of that historic building. Encourage them to use persuasive words. This is something you will probably need to do again and again in small group instruction and also in one-on-one conferencing. What do they argue about? For each opinion, talk with students about good reasons that someone might use to support each one.
These cards might also be helpful to students who are struggling with choosing a topic to write about. Skill Focus: Understanding that an opinion is not something that can be proved What to Do: Read the book Duck! Read on for another quiz question. Most opinion articles are about 750 words long, with a professional tone. We have also created a follow up activity for student practice. Students enjoy reading the work of their peers and will recognize many of the restaurants or movies in the reviews. Discuss how certain words might appeal to certain audiences.
To help we have created two anchor charts that you can share, discuss and model with your students. I will allow the students the remainder of the time to complete their essays. Try to make one single point clearly in one or two sentences. Finally, have them write a conclusion on the second piece of bread. For instance, if they are trying to convince someone to watch a documentary, they could write, You will learn interesting facts about elephants as one of their top 10 reasons. I will instruct the students to highlight information which backs up their opinion. Kids felt so grown up as we honored their hard work.
For example: Winter is the best season. You will want to conference with students as they plan and look at their pages to help provide the guidance and support that each student needs. Teacher feedback and class discussion is key in helping students to understand what it means to support their opinions with personal experiences and background. Timeliness is absolutely essential when it comes to submitting op-eds to newspapers. I call this mini conferencing. I have many identities for my various voices. Everyone has opinions on lots of different topics, but the cool thing about opinions is that they are different! If the Fourth of July is next week, your patriotic piece might already be too late.
Books With a Definite Point of View Try these great reads to inspire opinions! A writer would use evidence such as facts and statistics to persuade readers to understand and agree with their argument. I will then allow them to make changes to their essays before they turn them in. You should also add your phone number, email address, and mailing address. Students can also write about movies or restaurants and create a class book. The topic can certainly be tailored to fit the interests of the students in your area. Talk about how people can look at the same thing and have different opinions and that neither is right nor wrong. We want them to get into the practice of having to provide actual thoughts about why they hold certain opinions.
This article was co-authored by. Of course, the more complex and inciting of debate, the more interesting your letter. You can download the complete, free unit here: If you are looking for resources found within the old version of the post, we have left resources that we did not recreate and incorporate into this unit below: Supporting Your Opinion — Give students practice with these brainstorming pages. When students are finished, have them take turns reading their lists aloud. As your instruction builds on previous lessons and continues, students may choose to rewrite or revise pieces that they began at the beginning of the unit and you will have the opportunity to use that writing for discussions in your conferences with students. Timeliness is essential with this genre, especially now that online news sites can update as often as they choose. There are cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Just make sure you do have authority. Those things are true, no matter who says them. This can be done in small private conversations, but you can also have students who are willing to read their pieces in front of the class. Each newspaper will have their own requirements and guidelines for how to submit your work and what information you should send along with it. Editors are also reluctant to run pieces trashing another specific article in a newspaper or magazine. If your audience is kids, you'll need to think about what you need to say to make them want to read your favorite book.