Fiction or Nonfiction Opinion Writing
Hey, y'all! We worked hard last year to get our students to write their opinions. They certainly had lots of opinions, but need help to express their opinions in kind, productive ways. We also wanted to get our kiddos to think a little deeper than favorite season questions or pizza toppings. So we started giving them writing prompts that really begged for their "why."
We start off with some background knowledge. In this case, it's two passages about the differences between fiction and nonfiction texts. This serves dual purposes as it teaches students about the different genres.
Then, we do a little compare and contrast. What makes each type of text special? Once students have their thoughts down and have listened to their classmates' ideas, students turn and tell their shoulder partner which type of text they prefer--fiction or nonfiction--and give at least one reason why.
Then, students are sent off to write their opinions. Usually, students are so excited that I don't have to pull teeth to get their reasons why out of them. When they're done, we come to the carpet and share out our writing. Students LOVE to share their writing.
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I hope you found some new ideas for your writing time. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.