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Opinion Books

IMG_0425My first graders spent the last 2 months working on persuasive/opinion writing in their classroom.  I thought it would be a great partnership between my classroom and their classroom to merge our writing to reflect what they’ve been doing.

I strategically selected books from Reading A to Z that had similar stories, but different enough to form opinions on which book they preferred.  Some books we read to write about were:

  • Shoes Men Wear and Shoes Women Wear
  • Going To The Dentist and Going To The Doctor
  • Bonk’s Camping Trip and Bonk’s Big Splash
  • All About Farms and All About Factories
  • City Animals and Country Animals
  • Rude Robot and Penny the Rude Penguin

IMG_0428We read more than just those books above, but that gives you a general idea of some of the ways we partnered books up to be roughly the same topic but different enough for students to form opinions.  We started by reading both books and then following the OREO format (Opinion, Reasons, Examples, Opinion restated) students picked their favorite book and then had to write about why it was their favorite book.  Each week we would read a new set of books and then write an opinion on one of the books.   We started with their favorite book and then moved to favorite part, then favorite IMG_0431character, then student choice.  Students could also choose to write about their least favorite book, part, or character as well for student choice.

Once we finished our 6 opinion papers, students compiled them into a book order, made a table of contents, and cover page, then we sent the books out to be spiral bound into real books.

The 1st graders then were able to share their books with all the other kids in the classroom before being able to take their books home.  They were so proud of the finished product after 7 weeks of hard work.

5th grade Persuasive Writing

oreo poster5th grade is almost finished with their book Miss Daisy is Crazy and we’ve had fun looking for evidence in the work that we’ve done and present to the group.  Recently we read about how students wanted to buy the school from the principal.  They were going to have to convince the principal to let them buy the school so they could turn it into a game arcade.

I present the students with an OREO graphic organizer, which stands for opinion, reason, evidence, opinion.  Students had to decide whether they thought they should or shouldn’t be able to buy the school from the principal.

I first modeled to students how to fill out the graphic organizer and then helped student make their own graphic organizer with supporting details and evidence from the book.

The following day I modeled writing a rough draft and how using my graphic organizer could guide me in my writing.  I then was able to conference with each student as he/she wrote during the rough draft stage.

IMG_8543I enjoyed listening to the reasoning each student had when we shared our stories at the very end.  Each student thought of different reasons they thought they should buy the school.

This week we will finish the book and next week start something different.  They are wanting to read real ghost stories, but I think it might just be too scary for Miss Acuff. 🙂  Check back in with us again soon!