Exploring Opinion Pieces Unit Plan – Grade 1 and Grade 2
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Exploring Opinion Pieces Unit Plan – Grade 1 and Grade 2


8 x Lessons


This English unit has been designed to introduce the persuasive genre to younger students; specifically, the purpose, structure and language features of opinion pieces.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should 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 task may vary from class to class.

 

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Understanding Point of View

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

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

For or Against?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate reasons for and against a situation or topic.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Opinion Piece Organizational Structure

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

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Lesson 4 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 opinion pieces.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Strong Words Make Strong Opinions

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore how word choice can be used to strengthen an opinion.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Hey, Little Ant - Modeled Writing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple opinion piece on a familiar topic.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

What Pet Should I Get? - Shared Writing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct a simple opinion piece on a familiar situation in pairs.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Eat Your Peas - Independent Writing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will independently construct a simple opinion piece about a familiar situation.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.8
Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Integration of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.8
Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.5
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1
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 statement or section.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.