5th Grade ELA News
We'll spend tomorrow wrapping up unfinished jobs before launching into new books later this week.
We started by reading a few picture books that show opinion writing as well as some articles. The articles allowed us to explore the components of opinion writing and to expose them to high quality examples. Some of the things we noted included, "They didn't start with 'I'm going to tell you...' or 'I hope you liked my writing.'"
Students then were given four sources (articles), asked to choose a side (for or against zoos) and find a piece of evidence in one of the sources to support their opinion, emphasis on support for their opinion. We talked about how circular logic doesn't work. Don't tell me you like zoos because you like them. You have to back it up!
After immersing themselves in the sources, they created their "box and bullets" (box being their claim followed by 3 bullets that are their reasons), "flash drafted" (wrote a rough draft) their opinion piece. Following their flash draft, they worked to incorporate compelling evidence to support their opinion by paraphrasing. Next week we'll work more with incorporating direct quotes. Although many of them want to utilize other sources and finish support for different reasons they may have, for this first piece, they'll all use the four sources they've been given. In our next piece, they will have more opportunity to do independent research.
If you haven't already, please sign your child's winter writing assessment rubric and return to school!