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    This lesson is designed for beginning writers to develop an understanding of opinion/persuasive writing. Students will examine a piece of work written by an author using opinion writing. Students will be guided through how to use a graphic organizer to help organize their writing and to assure all the proper elements have been included in their opinion writing. Students will be able to demonstrate competency towards standard by generating written or pictorial responses.

    "Winter" by Sarah Mitchell, February 2022, Public Domain.

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson you will need an understanding of Writing Standard 1- Write opinion  (persuasion) pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. You will need knowledge about how to introduce the topic or text in writing, how to provide reasons to support the opinion, linking words and phrases, and providing concluding sections.

    The following resource can help you teach this topic:

    Book: Winter is the Warmest Season  by Lauren Stringer

    YouTube Video: Winter is the Warmest Season, by Lauren Stringer

    The teacher and class will track the author's writing technique. The students will complete an organizer as a prewriting activity and write an opinion piece based on the organizer.

     Persuasion Map or organizer of choice

    The following resource is available to help the teacher and students understand copyright, fair use, and creative commons in the classroom. Copyright Rules




    The text Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer is shared with the students by text or video. The teacher and students will track the author's writing technique on the graphic organizer as an example of opinion writing.

    Students will then write an opinion essay using a season of their choice. They will follow a similar format as the exemplar text.

    As possible extensions to the writing activity, students can upload pictures relating to their season or turn their graphic organizer into a menu using Adobe Creative Cloud or a similar app. Students could also use Adobe Creative Cloud to create a brochure about their favorite season. Students could upload photos to enhance and enrich their writing. Be sure to follow all copyright rules when choosing pictures.





    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    Students will be able to: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. 

    Success Criteria:

    Students will Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons. Provide reasons that support the opinion. Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinions and reasons. Provide a concluding statement or section.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of opinion/persuasive writing. This can be created by discussing tangible concepts, sharing picture books, or videos.

    Students should have a good understanding of copyright rules before adding pictures to the assignment. They should be guided to safe sights to choose pictures from and should avoid open Google searches.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Students could take pictures to enhance their writing.

    Students could create a menu, brochure, or another type of writing format to accompany their writing.

    Students may work individually or in small groups to complete the assignment.

    ELL students could choose the presentation that works for their ability level.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    Day 1 (45 min)

    The teacher will read aloud Winter is the Warmest Season and complete the graphic organizer of the story. Students could also view the story being read on YouTube. (Video could be reviewed at any time during the writing process.)

    Day 2 (45 min)

    Students will complete a graphic organizer about their favorite season along with reasons to support their opinion. This could be completed on a traditional graphic organizer or digital organizer on Adobe Creative Cloud or an app of their choice. Students may work individually or in small groups to complete the assignment. Students should be taught to properly cite images used in their presentations.

    Day 3-5 (45 min each)

    Students will use the organizer to help them organize their writing and develop ideas in their opinion writing. Students will publish their writing using Google doc or Adobe Creative Cloud. Students have the option to upload images to enhance their writing. Students will be given the opportunity to share their writing and other responses to the writing prompt.





    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Students can demonstrate mastery of opinion/persuasive writing by sharing their writing or presentation with the teacher or class. 

    Students may use the persuasion rubric to self-assess their project and determine if they have successfully met the criteria before submitting the assignment as evidence towards mastery.