First Grade

In My Opinion

Creative Communicator
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Overview‚Äč

The students will use the learning platform, SeeSaw, to review background information on Opinion Writing, and create an opinion writing piece. This activity should take place after initial learning about Opinion Writing has taken place. The opinion piece will have an introduction, supporting sentences, and a conclusion, complete with an illustration. The students will then share their writing using the record tool on SeeSaw. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1
    Be able to write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6
    Be able to with guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Topic Sentence: This sentence tells what you think or believe and expresses the main idea of the paragraph in which it occurs.
     
  2. Detail Sentence: This sentence gives reasons why you think or believe something and may include descriptive, illustrative, and statistical information.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

Example:

opinion writing example

  • Visit the activity library for a Create an Opinion Writing Activity in SeeSaw. 

 

 

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

If a student is also struggling to type or physically write their ideas down, due to a language / speech processing barrier, or other learning barrier, the student can complete their whole opinion piece by recording themselves verbally, as opposed to writing.

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have the students Log In to SeeSaw. 
     
  2. Have the students access their assigned activities that you created in the planning stage. 
     
  3. First, the students will review the YouTube teaching videos in the first activity that you created and assigned. 
     
  4. Next, the students will access their opinion writing activity, and follow the steps to create and record their opinion piece. 
     
  5. After that, the students will create an illustration to match their writing. 
     
  6. Finally, the students will submit their work to you.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • The teacher will be able to assess, by viewing the submitted assignment, that the students have included:

    • A Topic Sentence
    • Supporting Detail Sentences
    • A Conclusion Sentence

 

MITECS Competencies & ISTE STANDARDS

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Create your class with email sign-in in Seesaw

SeeSaw

SeeSaw Help Center

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

This is an individual activity

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion and provide some sense of closure.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion and provide some sense of closure.

CREDITS
This task card was created by Kelly Keifer, Lake Shore Public Schools, June 2020.