Developing Opinion Writing Skills Unit Plan – Grade 3 and Grade 4

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Developing Opinion Writing Skills Unit Plan – Grade 3 and Grade 4

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10 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

This English unit addresses the genre of opinion writing; specifically, how to write a well-structured opinion piece.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time framesshould be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this taskmay vary from class to class.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

For or Against?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate point of view in relation to a situation or issue.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Opinion Piece - Organizational Structure

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the organizational structure of an opinion piece.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Opinion Piece - Language Features

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore the language features of an opinion piece.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Exploring Modality

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how modal words are used to express degrees of certainty in an opinion piece.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Introducing Persuasive Devices

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how persuasive devices can be used to strengthen a point of view.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Building an Opinion Using Persuasive Devices

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will use persuasive devices to build a convincing opinion about an issue.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Constructing an Opinion Paragraph Using OREO

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and use the correct paragraph structure when writing an opinion piece.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Using an Opinion Prompt - Shared Writing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will use a writing prompt and scaffolding sheet to write an opinion piece in pairs.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Using a Stimulus - Independent Writing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently write an opinion piece, using appropriate text structure, language and features.

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