Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Adding Reason to Your Introductory Opinion Writing - Section 1: Why this Lesson?


I am a huge fan of backwards planning!  I think it's crucial to plan lessons with the end goal in mind because it helps the students (and myself) stay focused on the proper steps needed to meet the standards!  With this lesson, I personally think it HAS to be a second step. 
I feel that it's important that my students go through the proper process to build a conceptual understanding of opinions.  FIRST, students need to know how to state their opinion; that's step one.  I simply want students to create their opinions first. 
Only after students are able to form an opinion will they be able to support it with reasoning.  This is why I make this portion of the lesson the second part!  I think the whole lesson needs to be supported with a foundation- students need to have already formed their opinion prior to this lesson.  Then, they will be able to focus solely on supporting their opinion by giving reasons why they stated it.  In the end, students will be better able to develop a conceptual understanding when this lesson is taught as a building block and in the correct order!

  Why is this a two-step process in my classroom?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Why is this a two-step process in my classroom?
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Adding Reason to Your Introductory Opinion Writing

Unit 13: My Opinions Matter!
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT support their opinion through writing, with at least one reason.

Big Idea: You think it... now tell me why!

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