Rob Ripley What a serendipitous post, Stephanie. Over the holidays I started noodling around with Fade In.
Many Scholastic news articles are perfect to use because they are short, and for the most part have a structure that is similar to how I want my students to write.
The articles often include: Mint should stop making pennies. Once students read the article about pennies, they were ready to form an opinion. After discussing the pros and cons with partners, the class took sides.
With students divided into two groups, they took part in a spirited Visible Thinking debate called Tug of War. After hearing many of their classmates voice their reasoning for keeping or retiring the penny, the students were ready to get started putting their thoughts on paper.
Using the name of a popular cookie is a mnemonic device that helps my students remember the structural order their paragraphs need to take: Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion. Because this was our first foray into example writing, we worked through the organizer together.
My students did pretty well with the initial organizer and we used it again to plan out opinion pieces on whether sledding should be banned in city parks.
Once students had planned out two different opinions, they selected one to turn into a full paragraph in their writer's notebooks. The organizers made putting their thoughts into a clear paragraph with supporting reasons and examples very easy for most students.
With each practice we did, my students got stronger and I introduced different organizers to help them and to keep interest high. Giving each student one sandwich cookie to munch on while they worked on these organizers helped keep them excited about the whole process.
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? Should all peanut products be banned?
Should we be allowed to download our own apps on the iPads the school gave us? As we continued to practice, different organizers were introduced. Those are shown below. Simply click on each image to download and print your own copy.
The organizer below is my favorite to use once the students are more familiar with the structure of opinion paragraphs. It establishes the structure, but also helps students remember to use opinion-based sentence starters along with transition words.regular one.
The same goes for your writing. Opinion writing is much better when it is extra stuffed with reasons and examples, so keep the OREO strategy in mind while writing opinion pieces.” 3. Guided Practice a. Using different colored dry erase markers I will model writing an opinion paragraph using the OREO strategy.
Writing an Opinion paragraph. (a thought or believe of something or someone). This paragraph is made of three basic elements. 1. A topic sentence. Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
Now supports 7th edition of MLA. Writing an essay doesn’t happen in the spur of a moment. It requires idea and careful forethought. The best place to write down all your ideas is on a essay outline template.
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