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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This English unit addresses the genre of persuasive 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 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

Convince Me, If You Can!

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

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Opinion Pieces - Organizational Structure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4
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.)

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.5
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Research to Build and Present Knowledge > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.7
Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Text Types and Purposes > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Production and Distribution of Writing > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 6 here.)

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Research to Build and Present Knowledge > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.4
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.4
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Knowledge of Language > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Knowledge of Language > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.3
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.