Saturday, January 11, 2014

Would You Rather... Opinion Writing

*I moved this post from my old blog, Living a Teaching Life, to this one.*
Inspire even the most reluctant writers with this engaging opinion writing unit.

Where do venomous jellyfish, vomiting wild dogs, trampling hippos, and cold blooded pythons come together?  In my classroom of course!

I love getting my students excited about learning and what better way to inspire them, then to give them choices and a little bit of "grossness"

That is what I did with my new opinion writing unit, "Would You Rather... Opinion Writing"

Complete 4 week, 50 page unit is for sale in my TpT store..

Every day was a new and exciting question for student to share their opinions on...  "Would you rather wrestle a black bear or an alligator?", "Would you rather have a pet chimpanzee or python?"  After students had a chance to express their opinions in groups, we used the mentor text "This or That Animal Debate" to learn more about the topics.

Great book with small, two page spreads about each of the topics. 
For each "Would you rather..." question, students filled out organizers, planning out their opinions and supporting reasons with me modeling and guiding each step of the way.

Just a small sample of the 50 page unit.  
Then came the big day!  Students got to choose which one of the questions they wanted to write their essay on.  Even my most reluctant writers were excited to share their opinions on these topics!

Working their way through the writing process, students learned how to hook their readers,  choosing transitions, and ways to end an essay.
Unit comes with posters, student forms, checklist, and CCSS writing scoring rubric.
In the end, students had a chance to share their amazing writing with the class and we displayed all of their essays in the hall for other students, parents, and staff to enjoy.

If you would like to see more of my "Would You Rather... Opinion Writing Unit"  Please visit my TpT store for full preview, product description, table of contents, and thumbnails.

Happy New Year and Happy Writing!

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