My class has been busy writing opinions on which animal makes the best pet. When you begin your opinion writing unit, you need to start with teaching them what it is. First, I like to read lots of books to my students so they get lots of ideas on a topic and an opinion is. Next, I will show them a video. Then we do lots of brainstorming together and I model many times.
Here are some great videos I like to use to introduce opinion writing to my class.
Videos for Opinion Writing
Write an Opinion! by Kristen McCurry is a great book to introduce opinion writing. Another great book to read to your class is Stella Writes an Opinion by Janiel Wagstaff. I was lucky to meet this amazing author at a conference. I put a list of many books that work well with writing an opinion at the end of this post.
We continue reading other books for ideas on what makes a good pet. After brainstorming ideas, my students fill in their graphic organizers and begin their rough draft. Click on the picture below for your free copy of the graphic organizer and writing paper.
My students love this fitness activity! They try to guess the pet and complete the exercise. It isn’t as easy as you would think to guess the pet. It is a fun and engaging brain break for students. There are two versions of this activity. It is a fun way to end the day after writing about your favorite pet.
I have included links to my favorite mentor texts to use when teaching opinion writing unit of study. (contains affiliate links)
Books I Use for Opinion Writing (each title is clickable)