So where to start when teaching opinion writing? These are my Top Tips and Strategies that I think work a treat:
- Introduce the concept of opinion writing by reading a wide range of children’s picture books that consist of convincing and emotive language
- Create an Anchor Chart writing ‘opinion writing’ in the center and inviting students to contribute their ideas
- Do a Think Pair Share with your students. Ask what do you think opinion writing is and why is it important.
- Use real-life examples to help your students understand the purpose and benefits of expressing their opinions through writing
- Provide students with lots of opportunities to practise opinion writing
- Begin with a range of Would You Rather topics
- Reread, edit and edit – making sure that convincing vocabulary is used.
- Celebrate students’ writing by inviting students to read their completed opinion writing pieces to a peer, small group or whole class
Create your own worksheets with topics that engage students or click here for ready-to-go graphic organizers.
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FREE OPINION WRITING WORKSHEETS
FREE OPINION WRITING WORKSHEETS
This printable Opinion Writing Unit is comprised of the following 6 components:
1. A digital video link to hook your students’ attention and introduce them them to the concept of and ‘how to’ of Opinion Writing
2. Lessons and Teacher Notes
3. Suggested list of Picture Book Mentor Texts to use as examples of Opinion Writing
4. The following ‘Would You Rather’ worksheets which are a great way to encourage reluctant writers to express their opinion on a topic:
- a house or castle?
- a bird or mouse?
- a clock or chair?
- a duck or frog?
- butterfly or snail?
- cat or dog?
- fish or bat?
- guitar or violin?
- shoe or hat?
- square or triangle?
- tiger or elephant?
- car or bike?
- pencil or scissors?
- paint or read?
- write or sing?
- Spelling or Math?
- Science or Social Studies?
- piano or drums?
- flower or plant?
- baker or nurse?
- carriage or car?
- caterpillar or slug?
- ladybug or spider?
- firefighter or teacher?
- cow or pig?
- rabbit or rat?
- owl or dinosaur?
- coach or vet
- clarinet or violin?
- Extra-lined paper is provided for each individual writing template (for differentiation purposes)
5. The following Anchor Charts/Posters to use during whole class writing lessons and then display on your classroom Writing Wall as a scaffolding reference for your students during writing:
- What is Opinion Writing?
- An Example of Opinion Writing
- How Can You Persuade People?
- Convincing Language
6. The following Opinion Writing Sentence Starters are included on flash cards which are ideal for display on Opinion Writing Bulletin Boards for a scaffolding reference for students while writing:
- I believe
- I think
- I feel
- It is certain that
- My idea is
- Without a doubt
- In my opinion
- To summarize
- In conclusion
So why is this resource is an important part of the opinion writing curriculum?
Opinion writing is difficult and not an easy concept for students to jump into without the foundational understanding. Having different opinions on topics is a normal thing, therefore it is very important that students are taught correctly how to express their opinions not only verbally but in the written form. This sequenced resource will help students understand the foundations of opinion writing and as result, develop the skills to effectively express their own opinion with clarity and conviction.
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