Opinion/ Argument Writing
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!