Woohoo, we are half way to the weekend!!
When Jivey announced that this week's topic for Workshop Wednesday was going to be Opinion Writing and then gave a little teaser using the book The Spider and the Fly she really got me thinking. So today I am linking up with her for Workshop Wednesday to share my idea!
This week my grade 3's are using the book Stellaluna for all kinds of reading response activities (while the grade 4's complete the CASI reading assessment or go to French). This is a four day week for us and it is very full and I was having a hard time fitting in a writing assignment with all of our reading assessment/activities. When I read Jivey's post though I came up with this idea.
We wrote on opinion piece on Birds vs. Bats. First we co-constructed this anchor chart on what we knew about bats and birds - from the book Stellaluna and our brains. The cute pictures are from a Stellaluna unit by Linda Kamp that are supposed to be for a different anchor chart but....
|Please note, that I started out really neat, but then they kept adding info and it got messy - but I started out strong!|
Then we talked about opinion - what is an opinion, what are some examples. Then we talked about how we back up our opinion with facts (not just cause I said).
We used the sentence starter...In my opinion birds/bats are better than bats/birds. Next we brainstormed what transition words we could use for sentence starters (we have been working on writing retells). I prompted them to use a reason from their column and add info from the other column as well. Here is the sample we worked on together (I wrote a sentence then they write their own sentence using mine as a guide).
|Yes it is missing the word day and it is getting seriously messy - we were writing like crazy and things got a little out of control!!!|
Here is a sample of one of my students opinion piece...
|The word better is missing at the end - we ran out of time. Also we are still working on capitals!!|
Can't wait to find some more ideas to spark my own thinking - or out right steal. Make sure you check out Jivey's blog for more ideas.