Sunday, August 5, 2012

Opinion Writing for Common Core and Freebie

SO I (like most teachers) have been looking over, having professional development on, and learning about the Common Core Standards.  They are being implemented fully (in Language Arts) this year here in AL and one major shift I see is the amount of focus placed on opinion writing!
Look at our standard for first grade:

W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure
Don't get me wrong, I have always taught about opinions.  And my kids have written about their opinions.  They have given a reason for their opinion.  
But this standard seems to take it to the next level.  
I needed to create a plan.  Now I am not saying this is an all inclusive plan...but it is a start.  And I have to say with 119 pages, it is pretty good. =)
I have been working on this for what seems like an eternity.  
There are also three specific book related prompts:
Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Can I Have A Stegasaurus, Mom? Can I Please?
I Wanna Iguana
Check it out and I hope you love it!

Find it on TPT and TN
It's on sale right now!

Go to TPT and click download preview to get the 
freebie page below.
Hope you are having a great Sunday!


  1. Jennifer, this looks amazing! I think you've saved many of us a lot of work!! I just put this baby in the cart!! Thanks for working so hard on it!!
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  2. Wow! This is fantastic! I am blown away by your work! Thank you for helping us out. I love it!

  3. Am amazing resource! I will be downloading it soon:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  4. looks great! I can use in 2nd too!

  5. I'm always looking for writing CC resources & this looks FANTASTIC!!! I'm going to check it out now! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. Jennifer, way to go! I teach kindergarten, but I'm grabbing the freebie! Thank you :-)


  7. Jennifer, way to go! I teach kindergarten, but I'm grabbing the freebie! Thank you :-)


  8. Love your new creations!! Looks great!!

    I'm having my very first linky's A Teacher's Fashion linky. Come check it out and link up!

    From Blood to Books!

  9. Your opinion writing unit is now in my TPT wish list!! Thanks for the freebie!

  10. Hi Jennifer - Your opinion pack looks great ( as always ) :o)
    We are implementing the common core in 2014...still seems like we are way behind in Cali. I can learn from all of you for now. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  11. looks awesome!

  12. This looks amazing! Another something for my TPT cart!!

    A Pirates Life for Us

  13. APPLAUDING!!!!! Thanks for your time and energy to create this and putting it on TPT!! BRAVO!
    (yet another reason why I love your Blog; check out mine and follow me back)

  14. I have been working on common core writing as well. Gosh- I might as well stop working on mine! :) Yours looks GREAT!

  15. I'm heading over to TpT to check this out! Thanks for creating! Having opinions is something first graders are great at so I'm sure they'll be interested in writing about them, too!

    A Tale of 2 First Grades

  16. I just left a workshop about this and was like "WOW" too! Thank you so much for making and sharing this - you are so talented :)

  17. Your packet looks awesome! I just pinned it. I just uploaded a critical thinking freebie to TpT that would go great with your opinion writing: Here is the link.
    Looks great!
    Jen Jones
    Hello Literacy

  18. Love this! I just posted a Rubric on my blog for all of the different types of writing! (Narrative, Opinion, Informative) for Kindergarten and First Grade :)
    Love seeing how great little minds are able to write!!
    Kindergarten Stars