Opinion Writing (Grades 1-3)

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In this lesson students will learn about opinions, the difference between opinion and fact and learn to write a simple opinion paper. The lesson has a couple of beneficial additions for third graders and possibly some second graders.  Third graders should learn about and add to their writing examples for each reason they give. Examples are mentioned briefly in the lesson pages but more help can be found in the additional resources below. It is also a possibility for older students to write a poem instead of a paragraph for their activity.

Opinion Writing Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Opinion Writing
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Opinion Writing
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

In this lesson students will learn about opinions, the difference between opinion and fact, and learn to write a simple opinion paper.  Understanding and recognizing the difference between opinion and fact is an important skill students need to succeed in a world where information is so readily available on the Internet.  The lesson has a few beneficial additions for third graders and possibly some second graders.  Examples are mentioned briefly in the lesson pages but more help can be found in the additional resources below.  It is also a possibility for older students to write a poem instead of a paragraph for their activity.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask your students some opinion questions- How do they feel about-? What is your favorite-? Talk about how these answers are opinions.
  2. Hand out the lesson pages.
  3. Talk about the difference between facts and opinions. Do an exercise together- take several factual statements and make an opinion about them to illustrate the difference. Make time for discussion.
  4. Practice using opinion statements and connector phrases.
  5. Take time to focus on writing reasons for their opinions by giving reasons for statements on the board. Also verbally give a list of reasons for a statement and ask students to find the one that is unrelated.
  6. Hand out the homework for two nights of assignments.
  7. Read the book The Best Parts of Me by Wendy Ewald. Discuss the book and the activity. Have students choose their favorite body part before the activity begins.
  8. Do the activity. Have students share if they would like to.
  9. Review conclusion writing and practice using the conclusion statements.
  10. Do the practice page.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.A

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Language Arts