Still on Day 1 of a week-long set of posts focusing on opinion writing…yesterday I shared how I give students time to discuss the prompt statement. Once the discussion is complete, it’s time to shift our focus to the Analysis Chart.
Opinion Writing Analysis Chart
I copy the Analysis Chart on the backside of the prompt paper. Doing so saves paper and makes for one less piece of paper for kids to keep track of during the week. The Analysis Chart is where I have students think through both sides of the prompt statement – agree or disagree. Once they have several good reasons in favor or against, they choose the side they believe is true. That’s their opinion. If they agree with the prompt statement, then they highlight (or circle) the three strongest reasons in favor. However, if they disagree with the prompt statement, then they highlight the three strongest reasons against the prompt. This requires them to consider both sides before writing their essay. It was hard to keep a smile off my face when the class came up with several very strong reasons why kids their age should not have a smartphone! Just sayin’… 🙂
Free Opinion Writing Prompt
That wraps up what we do on Monday with opinion writing. Tomorrow I’ll share how I make my own full-size posters at home. Next week I will talk about what our Tuesday (or Day 2 in our writing week) looks like with a focus on my writer’s craft mini-lessons and completing the graphic organizer. Click on the link below if you would like to download a free opinion writing prompt for yourself. Happy teaching!