A five page assessment task for the lower grades, covering opinion writing.
An opinion letter writing task where students imagine they have been chosen to represent their grade as a student leader. They must choose between two main issues and write an opinion letter to their principal, convincing him or her that action should be taken on the topic they have chosen. The issues are:
- Computer games are educational and should be used in the classroom.
- Weekends should be three days long.
Students brainstorm, plan and write an opinion letter based on one of the above issues.
This teaching resource includes:
- a brainstorming mind map
- an opinion text planning template
- a checklist for structure, language features and opinion devices.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding st...
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
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