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