Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Opinion Writing

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

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

Comic 2


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Extension: Have students create a comic expressing an opinion about a topic of their choice.

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.


  • Provide a graphic organizer to brainstorm thoughts.

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

  • Provide an opinion article at the student reading level or read aloud.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Provide sentence frames for students to use For example, ( ____ is the best ____ because _______.).


  • Comics to print or display: Comic 1,  Comic 2.

  • An opinion article of your choice

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