VariQuest Opinion Writing Unit for Intermediate Classrooms Blog Feature

By: Geena Maharaj on August 2nd, 2016

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VariQuest Opinion Writing Unit for Intermediate Classrooms

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VariQuestOpinionWriting.pngWe're at it again, and just in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year! In partnership with The Curriculum Corner, VariQuest® brings you the Opinion Writing Unit for Intermediate Classrooms.

Opinion writing can be extremely engaging for young writers who typically enjoy sharing their thoughts on topics, but we want our students to learn that simply stating their feelings about something isn’t enough. Backing their ideas with evidence and support is what will ultimately lead others to take those opinions more seriously. Teaching effective opinion writing in elementary school can lay the foundation for more thoughtful and powerful writers in the future.

This unit, developed by two passionate educators and founders of The Curriculum Corner, has been created with this idea in mind. These lessons are meant to serve as workshop mini-lessons to teach students the art of purposeful opinion writing. Some of the lessons might be best taught over the course of a few days in order to keep them brief and to stay true to the writer’s workshop model. Use them as a guide as you determine the specific needs of the students in your classroom.

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Interested in implementing this engaging unit in your intermediate classroom? Take 10 seconds to click "download" and fill out the form to receive the unit for free! This resource includes:

  • 13 comprehensive lessons that detail the lesson's objective, materials, preparation, procedure, and extensions; lessons can be adapted for exceptional learners beyond intermediate grades
  • Nearly 50 downloadable materials, including anchor visuals, graphic organizers, exit tickets, flashcards, and more
  • Description of the Writer's Workshop model to follow lessons for best results