State Your Opinion

I Can Statements:

1. W.1.1 I can write my opinion about a topic and give reasons for my thinking.2. W.1.6 I can use a computer or tablet to publish my writing.

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The Process:

Have students create a graphic organizer as a class, modeling the writing process for opinion writing.  Then have students answer a question based on their opinions, creating their own graphic organizer and finally their writing piece.

Ideas for Implementation

Work with students on writing an opinion piece.  There are great examples on Pinterest for working with students on stating and supporting their opinion.  One of my favorites comes from Michelle Pauls and can be found here: have students watch the video and together discuss all of the items that support why the young girl believes her dad is an alien.  Yes, that's right, now you have to click on the link!

Once you have discussed what an opinion is and how to support your opinions, have students use an organization tool such as Popplet, Lino, Padlet or can simply use a written template to state their opinion on a given question, I'm guessing 1st graders will need a given topic to really focus their ideas.  Below is a list of questions they could answer. Have students list all of the supporting items for their answer.

*If you could pick any book character to be friends with who would you pick and why?

*If you had to eat the same thing for lunch every day what would you choose and why?

*Do cats or dogs make better pets?

*What is the best game to play at recess and why?

Now that students have reasons to support their answers, have them write their piece.  Students can answer the question with supporting details from their organizers. If you have access to devices students can type their pieces out on Aww which is a web whiteboard that they can save as a picture or on an iPad using Educreation to add audio to what they have written or Explain Everything which will allow you to save their work to the camera roll and send to parents.

Collecting and Sharing Students Work

Using any of the tools listed below you can save and send the work to parents or add it to a blog.  The Aww website lets you download work as a picture.  Please see the example below, as you can see this allows students to draw or type out text.

Explain Everything and Educreations have the same capabilities but also give you the option to add pictures and audio.  For the video above I used Explain Everything to create a sample piece.  It allowed me to add a picture of my organizer, which was nice and may help students while they are working.


Lesson Standards for Common Core

With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.


Communication and collaboration: Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.