Taking writing beyond the pencil and paper and experiencing learning in a new way is the key to engaging kids in the classroom. We started off our new opinion writing unit with a taste test. The students had fun tasting three small sweet treats and choosing their favorite. We spent time brainstorming how we might help convince someone else of our opinion. We studied mentor texts such as the Mo Willems Pigeon series. We studied the types of language the authors used and worked to incorporate those strategies into our writing. It’s amazing how strong the kids opinions were and how many of them picked the strawberry over the candy! I am looking forward to continuing this unit all about their opinions and I can’t wait to showcase their work in April!