Writing an Opinion Piece Unit Plan – Grade 5 and Grade 6

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Writing an Opinion Piece Unit Plan – Grade 5 and Grade 6

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11 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 5 - 6

This English unit addresses the genre of opinion writing; specifically, how to write an effective opinion piece.

It consists of 11 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 task may vary from class to class.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Convince Me, If You Can!

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A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the purpose of opinion writing.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Opinion Pieces - 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 Pieces - 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

Using Persuasive Devices

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore persuasive devices.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Constructing an Opinion Paragraph

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and use correct paragraph structure.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Modeled Writing - Improving an Opinion Piece

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will improve an opinion piece by applying knowledge of appropriate language features and devices.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Shared Writing - Opinion Letters

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

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Lesson 8 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 9 60 minutes

Opinion Speech - Researching

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will research evidence to include in an opinion speech about a topical issue.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Opinion Speeches - Constructing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will construct an opinion speech using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.

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Lesson 11 60 minutes

Opinion Speeches - Presenting

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will present an opinion speech to the class using appropriate oral presentation skills.

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