Cast Your Vote: Polishing Up Our Opinions

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Objective

SWBAT produce clear and coherent opinion writing that is supported with reasons.

Big Idea

In this lesson, students will work on writing their final draft paragraph all about who they think would make a good president.

Enroll Students Into Learning

5 minutes

To begin our work today, I’ve asked a few students if I could share their work with the class.  I tell the class that I want to share some great writing with them today!  I read a few of the rough draft opinion pieces out loud!  I tell the kids that I am so proud of each of their work and today is a special day-a day where we get to make “magic” happen yet again in our classroom!  Today we get to put together our final drafts about who we think would make a good president, the next step in publishing our writing to make it look finished and polished!

Experience Learning

5 minutes

Just as we started yesterday, I want to set the stage of expectation and show the students what I’d like them to do today as they publish their final drafts, so I start by showing an example.  I have some “fancy” final draft paper for the students to use to write their opinion on today.  Since this is a final draft, of course we want to do our nicest, neatest writing and ensure that we have followed all the conventions of writing, including proper capitalization, punctuation, etc.! I show the students that I follow the edits on my rough draft, and I also show students how I take my time and produce clear, neat handwriting that others can read and enjoy!

Label New Learning

5 minutes

At this point, we are ready to get working on publishing their work today, so I say, “Okay third graders!  Let’s make some magic happen and start our publishing!”  Students come over to the table, pick up their final draft papers as I give them back their edited opinion pieces, and then get started at their desks!

Demonstrate Skills

10 minutes

As students are working, I circulate around the room and check that students are indenting, writing neatly, following the edits on their rough drafts, and working steadily on publishing their final drafts.  I also offer guidance or answer questions students may have.  As I walk around the room, I love the sound I hear… everyone’s pencils are moving and the students are working and engaged in their work!

Review

5 minutes

As students finish up, I want to make sure that students have time to be proud of the hard work they’re doing and have plenty of opportunity to read their finished pieces to their classmates, so we have a few more students share their work with us!  I tell the students what a wonderful job they’ve done with their opinion writing this week!  Over the coming days, we’ll have our parent helpers help us complete the publishing process through creating a great way to showcase each student's choice for president!  Check out this link for a super cute idea found online from Cara Caroll!  Her work with her first graders inspired how my third graders finished up their publishing!  (For more information and directions, she has a Teachers Pay Teachers store you can visit here, also!)