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Opinion Writing: What Pet is Best?

Opinion Writing: What Pet is Best?


In this lesson students will practice skills necessary fto writing an opinion paragraph. Students will

  • brainstorm ideas with their peers
  • use sentence starters
  • use linking words
  • evaluate their writing using a rubric

At the end of this lesson students will have a one paragraph opinion piece that aligns with the Utah  second grade opinion writing standard.


In this lesson students will plan and write a one paragraph opinion piece stating their opinion, 3 or more details supporting their opinion, and a conclusion.

  • This will take approximately three 30 minute sessions.
  • This was created for synchronous or face-to-face instruction.


Background for Teachers

In this lesson, you will need:

  • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of an opinion writing rubric.
  • Opinion writing must include: Topic sentence with an opinion, 2 or more reasons to support an opinion, and a conclusion.


Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will write an opinion paragraph.
  • Students will write a topic sentence with an opinion.

  • Students will write a conclusion sentence with an opinion.

  • Students will write a final copy of an opinion paragraph.

Success Criteria:

  • Students can complete an organizer that will follow the opinion writing format with all expected sentences and information included.
  • Students can use the opinion rubric to edit their writing.
  • Students can write a final copy of their opinion paragraph.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

Introduce the topic by reading What Pet Should I Get by Dr. Suess

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Brainstorm ideas on what pet students would want and why. Make a list for students to refer to if needed.

Share sentence starters that students could use to begin their topic/opinion sentence, reasons sentences, and conclusion sentence. 

Review the use of the writing organizer for writing one paragraph.

Step 3 - Instruction


Day 1:

  1. Read What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Suess

  2. Share different ideas about what pet students would like to get.

    1. Make a class list together and have students give one reason for their choice.

    2. Model writing an opinion as your introduction sentence and where it would fit in the Rocky Writing Organizer: 1 Paragraph

Day 2:

  1. Discuss how you could support your opinion of which pet you should get. 

  2. Write 3 or more reasons why you would get your choice of pet. Add these to the Writing Organizer: One Paragraph.

    1. Write complete sentences for each reason

  3. Opinion Conclusion- Listen to the story Stella Tells Her Story by Janiel Wagstaff and focus on the conclusion.

Day 3:

  1. Discuss how to use the rubric to check opinion writing.

    1. What does a topic look like? Does it include your opinion?

    2. Is there 3 or more reasons to support your opinion?

    3. Did you restate your opinion in your conclusion?

    4. Did I use capital letters correctly?

    5. Did I use punctuation and write complete sentences?

    6. Did I spell the words accurately?

  2. Write a final draft of your paper in your neatest handwriting to submit to your teacher through Canvas.


Step 4 - Assessments

Students will turn in a completed copy of their opinion paragraph.

This needs to be in their neatest handwriting.

Students will be able to share their opinion with classmates.

Scoring will be completed using the Opinion Rubric.