Reflection: Diverse Entry Points What's your opinion? Plan it out! - Section 4: Demonstrate Skills


During this part of the lesson, I use a strategy that I call: "Watch, You Try, Share!"  Here's the breakdown:

"Watch": During this part of the lesson, I model for the students what I might do at this point.  So, for example, I act as if I'm completing this graphic organizer on Alexander Graham Bell, and I first show how I might start off with an interesting sentence to hook my readers!  I choose something like, "What would you do if there was no telephone or cell phones?"

"You Try":  During this part, I've shared my example and now I turn to students and say, "Now you try it!"  Some students will try to copy exactly what I've done, but I challenge them (and actually support them really since they obviously need more support) to come up with something on their own!  I ask them questions, help them identify what they know, and guide them to their own work!  Other students already have their ideas and are writing them down, which is great!

"Share":  Before going on to a new section, I always ask the kids to share what they've written!  I think that letting the students hear each others' thinking and writing is so beneficial, and many times can be more powerful than my own instruction/examples!  One note here though:  I never force students to share!  I want students to be comfortable and feeling safe in our classroom always, and if students aren't ready to share, there's a reason for this-so I never force it!  I do however let any student who wants to share go ahead and share, and for this reason, we sometimes need a little extra time to keep working.  Sometimes I may have to adjust my time within the day or even my time within the week to make sure all students who want to share can share, but it's totally worth it!

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What's your opinion? Plan it out!

Unit 12: Opinion Writing Unit
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT create an organizational structure for listing reasons for the opinion and use linking words to connect their ideas.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will utilize a graphic organizer to create a logical argument, or the "blueprint", for their opinion writing piece.

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