Are you struggling to teach writing? Do your students hate writing lessons?
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.
25 step-by-step scripted lesson plans (one-page plans that are NOT wordy)!
17 opinion writing graphic organizers / worksheets
2 interactive notebooks and 1 writing craft
6 original mentor texts (so you don’t have to source any)!
24 tasks cards extension activities (for your high flyers)
1 assessment – opinion writing rubric
The lessons follow a simple format of mini lesson, think and share, and independent writing time.
Most importantly, students are NOT told to just ‘go off and write’ as if that will magically make them good writers! In this unit, each concept is explicitly taught and students learn all about the structure and features of opinion writing.
First, a video overview to help organize and implement the unit
Then, a list of common core standards that align with this unit
Next, suggestions for differentiation and lesson times
Also, a 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
4 lined pages (for first drafts and crafts)
1 set of compliment notes (2 versions – b&w, color)
2 certificates (boy and girl, each in 2 versions – b&w, color)
Also, teacher directions, examples, and elaborations for the rubric
Video with tips for using the rubric
Finally, a folder of example photos of the student printables and craft
- What is opinion writing?
- Facts vs. opinions
- Sharing opinions
- Answering opinion questions
- Writing an opinion sentence
- Opinions vs. reasons
- Sharing one reason
- A detailed reason
- My favorite animal
- Reasons need examples
- Sharing two reasons
- Linking words
- When I grow up
- Introduce the topic
- Share three reasons
- The conclusion
- My dream vacation
- The brainstorm
- Creating a plan
- The first draft
- Time to revise
- Time to edit
- The final draft
- Publishing party