Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Writing an Opinion in Response to the Story - Section 3: How Does this Center Work?


This activity is really easy to mold to all different types of stories.  When working with other stories (besides Jack and the Beanstalk), I sometimes like to change things up!  I might use one prompt, but other times I have multiple prompts.  Sometimes, I may read a story twice before beginning the activity where other times, I may have to read a story 3-4 times before letting students go.
Sometimes, I really guide students’ conversation and lead them through all types of ideas and evidence from the text before letting them form their opinions.  Really, this activity just depends on the story and the mood!

I can also support students throughout this activity.  Whether it's with Jack and the Beanstalk, or with another story, I like to make sure to support and/or challenge if needed.  It is very easy to pull students back and help those who need it while others are writing.  It is also easy to differentiate the amount of writing I ask for- some students may only have to write one sentence with one reason while others must have a topic sentence with three reason sentences.  I use activities like this to let some students soar and at the same time give others the support they need and scaffold.  I like to make sure to change work where I can throughout the year, but it always depends on the assignment.  Just because it worked with Jack and the Beanstalk, doesn't mean it will work with all pieces of literature!  I just try to check on students throughout each lesson!

  I can easily change this assigment to fit with other stories!
  Diverse Entry Points: I can easily change this assigment to fit with other stories!
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Writing an Opinion in Response to the Story

Unit 4: Jack and the Beanstalk Unit
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT form an opinion about something related to Jack and the Beanstalk.

Big Idea: What do YOU think, Jack? ;) What do you think about the giant?

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