Second semester of first grade, we concentrate on persuasive/opinion writing. This is quite a large and encompassing unit. We will start off small and work our way into more detailed/specific persuasive writing. We will begin by discussing what an opinion is and create a list of "Things we want to change". The mind of a first grader is a wonderful thing, but they tend to focus on the "I like because" way of thinking during opinion writing so by having some guidance with this chart, I hope it will get us to think a little bigger. They will complete their own sheet of things they want to change and can use some suggestions we had in class!
We will talk about why we write opinions and who could we write to? Creating another list of different people we could write to and post to help guide their thinking. Using Oreos (and of course eat them!) to help us guide our writing: Give our opinion (the cookie) reason why (the cream) and repeat our opinion in the ending (the other cookie). On chart paper, I will draw a large Oreo with our plan/outline of writing an opinion:
1. Give opinion
2. reason why
3. reason why
4. reason why
5. end, repeat opinion
This is where we will start off next week. So you may see some "letters" going home that ask for longer bedtimes, more snacks or treats! Depending on where they go with this! If you could, maybe respond to at least one letter, that'd be great! Eventually we will send some off to various companies, people and possibly you in the mail!