Reflection: Complex Tasks Writing An Opinion Based on Facts From a Text - Section 3: Independent Practice With Partners


If you look at standard RI1.1 that this lesson addresses you might think that this is a relatively simple task that I'm asking of my students.  After all they're simply answering questions right?  Not so.  Let's look deeper at the anchor standard for RI1.1.  The anchor standard says: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

For today's task, students had to participate in close reading to determine what the facts in the story were.  After writing down several facts, students had to make a logical inference in order to answer the question in their independent work.  They wrote down their opinion using the key vocabulary and their inference.  They also needed to use the evidence from the text to support their answer. 

Was this an incredibly rigorous task for my students? Yes.  Were they begging me to stop because it was just too hard?  Absolutely not.  My students wanted to grapple with the content.  Sure, if they were unsure of themselves they would ask me questions. When I scaffolded for them by using my questioning strategies, they rose to the challenge.  My students have been surprising me at every turn this year.  If they don't get it at first, keep trying.  They will amaze you with what they are willing to try and what they can truly accomplish with the proper support.

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Writing An Opinion Based on Facts From a Text

Unit 12: Reading Comprehension Lessons
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT answer questions about key details in an informational text; SWBAT develop an opinion based on key details in an informational text; SWBAT plan a paragraph that states their opinion and cites evidence to justify their opinion about an informational text.

Big Idea: Today we learn how to start writing opinions by using facts from the story. We are laying the foundation for citing evidence from the story.

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