1. Topic-
Writing Opinion Pieces
2. Content-
Supporting Reasons
Linking Words & Phrases
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
Students can produce opinions about topics and provide reasons to support them.
4. Objectives-
After a lesson on writing opinion pieces, students will write a paragraph about which movie they enjoyed more: Inside Out or Up, according to a rubric.
5. Materials and Aids-
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Introduce the concept of an opinion: an opinion is something you have strong feelings about.
2. Explain that opinions need to be defended through supporting reasons.
3. Explain reasons will be connected by linking words or phrases.
4. Opinion piece must have conclusion to recap.

B. Development-

1. First, choose a given topic. (e.g. favorite food)
2. Describe my opinion towards given topic. (Identify specific food as favorite)
3. Explain why I feel this way about given topic. (Provide supporting reasons)

C. Practice-

1. Ask students to think about their favorite TV shows.
2. Ask them to pick one show.
3. Allow them to explain why it is their favorite.

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will write opinion piece about which movie they like more: Up or Inside Out, including at least 4 reasons for choice.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. EL learners need to support opinion with 2 supporting reasons.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Ask students to identify what opinion is.
2. Ask what role supporting reasons have in regards to opinion.
3. Ask what function linking words and phrases serve.

G. Closure-

1. Share student opinions on movies.
2. Assign another opinion piece for homework.
7. Evaluation-
1. Check written opinion piece for necessary components: introduction, opinion, supporting reasons, conclusion.

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