Opinion Writing Unit | Terrific Writing Third Grade Curriculum Unit 2


This 3rd grade opinion writing unit is where your students will learn how to write engaging opinion writing pieces about things they love.Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for Third Grade.


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Terrific Writing is a comprehensive writing curriculum for third grade. This curriculum is standards based (to the common core) and genre based. This 3rd grade opinion writing unit is where your students will learn how to write engaging opinion writing pieces about things they love.

Watch this video to see what’s included in the unit or read the blog post.


Are you struggling to teach writing? Do your students hate writing lessons?


Teaching writing can be so tricky, I get it!

Well don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.


In this curriculum, your students will develop a love of writing. The graphic organizers, interactive notebooks, and final craft will engage students much more than a blank piece of paper. The final writing piece asks students to write about their favorite thing that they own! After all, students love to write about things that they are interested in.


Writing doesn’t have to be dull and students definitely shouldn’t hate writing!


Are you short on time?

This 5 week unit has EVERYTHING you need, because let’s be honest, teachers are time poor.

Let’s get your evenings and weekends back, my friend! So, take a break from lesson planning and searching for engaging materials. It’s all right here.


What’s included in this unit?

  • 25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans
  • 19 posters
  • 18 graphic organizers / worksheets
  • 2 interactive notebooks and 1 writing craft
  • 3 original mentor texts (PowerPoint versions and PDF in color and b&w)
  • 24 tasks cards extension activities (2 versions – b&w, color)
  • 1 assessment rubric


The lessons follow a simple format of mini lesson, think and share, and independent writing time.


Here’s everything else that’s included in this 3rd Grade Opinion Writing Unit –

  • Video overview to help organize and implement the unit
  • List of common core standards that align with this unit
  • Teacher directions for the lesson plans
  • Suggestions for differentiation and lesson times
  • List of recommended mentor texts (with links)
  • Unit scope and at-a-glance calendar
  • Lesson materials list
  • Student book/folder cover (3 versions – journal, notebook, or folder)
  • 1 writing prompt pre-assessment
  • 3 lined pages (for first drafts and crafts)
  • 2 checklists
  • 1 set of compliment notes (2 versions – b&w, color)
  • 1 certificate (2 versions – b&w, color)
  • Teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric
  • Video with tips for using the rubric


Here’s a breakdown of the lessons –

Lesson 1 – What is opinion writing?

Lesson 2 – Would you rather?

Lesson 3 – My favorites

Lesson 4 – Which is better?

Lesson 5 – Opinions need reasons

Lesson 6 – Three good reasons

Lesson 7 – Reasons need details

Lesson 8 – Writing a book review

Lesson 9 – Fact vs. opinion

Lesson 10 – Opinions vs. reasons

Lesson 11 – Let’s make a plan

Lesson 12 – My favorite movie

Lesson 13 – The structure of opinion writing

Lesson 14 – OREO opinion writing

Lesson 15 – Let’s brainstorm

Lesson 16 – Introduce your topic

Lesson 17 – Providing reasons

Lesson 18 – Support your reasons

Lesson 19 – Linking words

Lesson 20 – Let’s use paragraphs

Lesson 21 – Time for a closing

Lesson 22 – Putting it all together

Lesson 23 – Revise, edit, and add more detail

Lesson 24 – Final draft

Lesson 25 – Publishing party

This PDF is a digital download. You will recevie a zip file upon purchase.


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