Students will need to read lots of material written in this genre to be able to then write these opinion pieces. Focusing on their opinions of : TV shows, books, movies or restaurants, will give them familiar material. To find some opinion pieces written by students you might want to go here for restaurant reviews or to find book reviews by kids, go here. As they read these pieces, the class can make a chart of things they notice in reviews. This will become the anchor chart for this unit of writing.
The children will have opinions about many things. They know what TV shows they like and why. They know what movies they enjoy and why. They probably even have favorite restaurants and opinions about those. Your classroom may become a place of rich discussion on these topics. It is then time for them to pick a topic they feel passionate about and begin their writing.
Some things for them to keep in mind as they write and for the teacher to keep in mind for possible focus lessons are:
- Reasons to back up their opinions
- Elaborate on the important parts of their opinions
- Give specific information...don't be general
- Think about who will read the review. Who is the audience?
Students will be writing many of these pieces this month. They will also pick a few to revise and edit. You may even want to submit some to www.Amazon.com or the websites you used for the mentor texts. The students will learn the skills they need to persuade others and give their opinion in the proper way. Remember, later in the month they will be writing letters and speeches to persuade.