Students are engaged in their second unit of study, Changing the World. Students are learning how to write their opinions using different strategies. Students will be sharing their perspectives on their school community, neighborhood and the world. They will be doing so by writing persuasive speeches, petitions and editorials.
“What can I do at home?”
At home, ask your child questions about what they are writing about in writer’s workshop. Encourage them to be more aware of their surroundings since they will be asked to share their opinions on those topics. Once they become aware, discuss with them their opinion. Have your child give reasons to support their opinion and examples that support the reasons. Pretend you disagree with their opinion. Have your child persuade you into thinking that their opinion is better than yours!
What it looks like
Below you will see kids from class 406 engaged in writer’s workshop. As a class, we discussed the changes we want to see in our school and community. We spoke about how and what we want to change and how we can write persuasive speeches to fight for it! Throughout the unit we will be learning different writing strategies to make our writing the best it can be:
- Seeing problems and imagining solutions
- Taking notice to noteworthy people, places, things or ideas
- Considering the audience before writing (who we are writing to persuade)
- Gathering reasons and evidence to support our thesis
- Writing a brave and bold thesis to hook our readers