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

Unit Plan

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

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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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the purpose of opinion writing.
  • To identify and explore the organizational structure of an opinion piece.
  • To identify and explore the language features of an opinion piece.
  • To identify and explore persuasive devices.
  • To identify and use correct paragraph structure.
  • To improve an opinion piece by applying knowledge of appropriate language features and devices.
  • To write an opinion letter using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
  • To learn and apply proofreading and editing skills.
  • To research evidence to include in an opinion speech about a topical issue.
  • To construct an opinion speech using appropriate text structure, language features and devices.
  • To present an opinion speech to the class using appropriate oral presentation skills.

Opinion writing provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate opinion writing with other learning areas e.g. Science, Social Studies, Technology.

Prior to commencing the unit, develop an opinion writing wall in the classroom. Display texts, vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Opinion Writing category on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a variety of opinion texts before and during the unit. Read and view opinion texts such as letters to the editor, advertisements and campaign speeches. Provide the students with opportunities to read and respond to short opinion texts. For examples of opinion comprehension teaching resources, browse the Comprehension Texts category on the Teach Starter website.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Convince Me, If You Can!

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

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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60 minutes
Lesson 3

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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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Using Persuasive Devices

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Constructing an Opinion Paragraph

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

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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60 minutes
Lesson 7

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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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Applying Proofreading and Editing Skills

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

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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60 minutes
Lesson 10

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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60 minutes
Lesson 11

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 Curriculum alignment


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