CCSS and Writing Argument Texts

Opinion/ Argument Writing

opinionThe CCSS standards are even more stringent  when it comes to writing arguments.  Second graders are expected to support their claim or argument and structure their writing accordingly.

All argument writing will eventually include research, evaluating an opinion and developing or analyzing a counter argument.  Students are expected to see, understand, and analyze another person’s point of view.  This is difficult even for some adults!

Book reports are fairly common in most elementary school classrooms.  Often, the purpose is to be sure the child has read the book  and to write a summary, but these book reports can also be used to form opinions.  What part of the book did you like best?  Why?  Do you think the author should have ended it differently?  Why?  Ask “why” questions that provoke different opinions from different children.  Model this strategy with a read-a-loud book that you are reading to the class.  As children give their opinion, help other children to understand that everyone has an opinion.  That is what an opinion is!



About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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