Opinion writing pieces would use mostly sentences starters from the second and third column. Below is a simple organizer some of my students can also choose to use. When presenting topic choices for opinion writing, the key is to think about what gets kids fired up.
For some kids, pleasing the teacher is motivation enough but others do much better when they have more of a pay off for the hard work for putting their ideas to paper, editing, revising, and producing a final copy. Connect Steps with Color-Coding The Common Core standards require that students use an introduction, reasons, and a conclusion in their opinion writing.
Next, we read through the text and highlighted all of the good reasons and evidence for Yes Pro green and No Con red. With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high.
A couple weeks into our persuasive writing unit and I have already seen a lot of progress from our very first efforts. After we worked our way through several of the Scholastic News opinion pieces, my third graders also thought of issues pertinent to their own lives and school experiences they wanted to write about, including: Should birthday treats and bagel sales be banned at school?
I have found that the secret sauce for getting kids started is to provide them with potential sentence starters. Prompts and Teacher Models There are three grade level sets: 4th, 5th and 6th.