The lesson introduces students to writing effective conclusions for opinions and persuasive texts. A lengthy introduction describes what opinions are and the various types of writing in which they can be found. Then, the lesson discusses the importance of having facts to back up opinions, and provides four steps to write a conclusion for an opinion. Two samples of short persuasive essays are included so students can see an example of opinions in formal writing. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other writing lessons.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask students to share their opinion on something, it could be anything.
- Allow for responses. Ask students: What do you normally do once you share your opinion with a friend or family member? Do you act or ask them if they agree or disagree with you?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: When someone shares an opinion with you, what do you do? What are some things that you can do after sharing an opinion?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Conclusions for Opinions to the class.
- Distribute Conclusions for Opinions content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Give students time to discuss a variety of topics and their related opinions. Once each pair of students discover a difference of opinion, they will write essays with opposing views. The students may help each other write both essays’ introductions and bodies, but once completed the essays will be exchanged and they will write a conclusion for their opposite opinion. Allow sufficient time for completion.
- Once completed, students read through each other’s essays with conclusions, discuss what could be changed or how it could be more effective, and if their opinions have changed. Some essays may be read aloud to the class.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to read aloud the conclusions for the brief opinion essay.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: Of all the opinions you have about an issue in society, what is your strongest opinion? Where do you believe this opinion started? Do you believe another person could change that opinion?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.D, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.E
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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