Before break, second graders were immersing themselves in the world of opinion writing. Going deeper into a leveled book, each student has been drawing up opinions about characters in the story, as well as their favorite parts. To encourage this, we have been reading “Mercy Watson to the Rescue”, and discussing opinions about Mercy the Pig (she is goofy, she is spoiled, etc). Students have established a character opinion and organized their thoughts on a planning sheet. They use this to guide their writing process as they transfer their ideas from the planning sheet to their rough draft. Students have also been using the “Character Letter Writing” chart to check that they’ve included all the important parts:
- Introduce reader to the character
- Introduce the book and author
- State your opinion
- Give 3 reasons/evidence from the story to back up your opinion (using “because” to support)
- Write a concluding sentence
It has been so fun to see students use the pictures and text to establish their opinions, while also using evidence with page numbers to “defend” those opinions!