Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Opinion Writing

Grade Level: 5

Objective: Persuasion

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1

Brief Description: Students will learn to support a point of view.

Know Before You Start: Students will need some background knowledge of opinion writing.

Comic 1

Prove It! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Prove It! - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Prove It! - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Prove It! - Exemplar comic, panel 4

Comic 2

Prove It! - Exemplar comic #2, panel 1 Prove It! - Exemplar comic #2, panel 2 Prove It! - Exemplar comic #2, panel 3 Prove It! - Exemplar comic #2, panel 4

Hook:

  • Read and discuss Sample Comic #1. 
  • Have students brainstorm reasons that support the opinion, “playing video games is a sport”. 
  • Students can talk in small groups and then share answers with the whole class. 
  • Discuss how writers must use reasons and information to support their opinion or point of view.

Activity:

  • Show Sample Comic #2. 
  • In pairs, have students choose one of the comic panels and list reasons to support the opinion presented. 
  • After listing reasons, have each group share their results. 
  • Discuss with students the importance of having strong evidence to support an opinion.

Closure: Read a short opinion article of high interest to students and have students notice the reasons provided by the author to support the opinion.

Differentiation:

  • Provide graphic organizer to brainstorm thoughts.
  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide opinion article at student reading level or read aloud.
  • Allow students to work with peer model. 

Provide sentence frames for students to use (ex: ____ is the best ____ because _______.).

Resources:

  • Comics to print or display: Comic 1,  Comic 2.
  • An opinion article of your choice