Snow Day Opinion Writing
Hey, y'all! Do you have any students with strong opinions? You can stop laughing now, I know we all do.
I had a hard time last year channeling my students strong opinions into more productive outlets. We had opinions on EVERYTHING. As they should. But we needed a more...friendly way to share our ideas.
Over the course of the school year, we started working more on opinion writing. Students were able to finally argue their case without arguing with each other. They learned how to put pen to paper to share their ideas in respectful, school friendly ways and they were loving it.
One of our favorite opinion writing pieces was whether or not we should have snow days. Some students were adamant that no learning should take place on a snow day. Others were insistent that we should keep going and not have to cut our summer short. It kinda got a little heated.
Then, I had them break their points down into pros and cons. Boy did they have a lot to say! This gave my less opinionated kiddos a chance to really see both sides and an opportunity to form their own opinion before running off to write.
Once we had all our pros and cons listed, I had them turn and tell their shoulder partner what their opinion was and at least one reason why. After that, they were free to write out their opinions and reasons. This year, we'll take it a step further and have a little debate during our share time, but the time just got away from us last year.
This prompt is a great way to get kids to think deeper than their favorite ice cream flavor or season, and allows them to express their opinions about more relevant topics. You can find this unit in my TPT store here. I'm always adding new resources so be sure to follow me on TPT for all the latest and greatest.
I hope you have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.