Workshop Wednesday {Should Loom Bracelets be Banned from School?}

I asked my students their opinion on banning loom bracelets in school...and they had opinions!  We then read the "Debate" in our Scholastic Weekly Reader titled "Ban Rainbow Loom Bracelets?".  We discussed each student's opinion.  I then related the article back to last week's skill, RI.4.8 Author's Claim, and asked if they felt each student had provided sufficient evidence to support their opinion or claim.

Then it was their turn to state their opinion or claim and support it with evidence. We used Tales of a Teacher's Free Oreo Opinion Graphic Organizer to plan our writing.  Students then planned and wrote their opinion piece on wether or not loom bracelets should be banned from school.

Oreo: Opinion Writing Graphic Organizer

Here is one student's opinion that they SHOULD be banned...

Here is another student's opinion that they SHOULD NOT be banned...

They both did a fantastic job supporting their opinion!

When you present a topic students can relate to they can write forever, present a topic they dislike and it's like pulling teeth to get them to write one sentence.  I personally don't like teeth, so I try to provide my students topics they are interested in when it comes to our Reading and Writing assignments. :)

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  1. Thanks for sharing the OREO template! I am going to try it with my 2nd graders! I often make them put their Rainbow Loom creations in their lockers when we really need to focus, because they stretch, chew, and snap them otherwise! My heart swells a little bit though when they bring me bracelets in "my favorite colors" to wear!

  2. Hello Friend....GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! We both just blogged about our love for Storyworks' debate articles! hahaha :) Love it!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. Love this! I just put a picture on Instagram of all the loom bracelets my students have given me! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award. I love reading your blog and ideas. It always brings a smile to my face. And for that I thought who better to receive the Sunshine award than you!!! Visit my blog for all the details if you want to participate. Thanks.
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. Great topic for opinion writing! Could you tell me the date of that Scholastic News? We get it at school, but I am a few weeks (or months....) behind. If you don't know the exact date, do you know if it was a recent edition? I'd love to use it too!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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