Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Gathering Evidence To Support Opinions Day 1 of 2 - Section 3: Rereading Odd Velvet


Upon looking at their work, I can see that, for some, evidence is emerging in their writing to support their claim. The are definitely getting better at providing evidence - meaning they are getting better at collecting specific information that answers/addresses the task.

The good news is that some of this evidence does support their opinion. The bad news that some students did not provide a full opinion about the book. They reverted back to talking about the character Velvet.

Unfortunately, I didn't get an opportunity to look at their work closely during the lesson. This lesson took place before our holiday program and that got in the way of making time to look at it. Had I looked at their work closer, I would have reviewed how to formulate an opinion of books versus characters in the story because my students expressed an opinion about Velvet.

I am thinking a better and simpler question for them could have been: Did you like the story? Why or why not?

One student does state that this is a good story because some day this could happen to you or a friend. I wish I would have helped her expand on this idea. I liked what she said about this happening one day to a friend. And, in asking her more, I would have found out exactly what she meant by that.

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Gathering Evidence To Support Opinions Day 1 of 2

Unit 15: Odd Velvet: How do we measure odd?
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT express an opinion about a literary text and give reasons for their opinion.

Big Idea: My students gather evidence that supports their opinions. I wonder what opinion they have about the book? Will they like it or not? Stay tune!

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