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.
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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