Opinion writing: Sour or Sweet?!

In second and third grade classes this week we got into something SWEET! Or, Sour...

We did a taste test of sour vs. sweet skittles and formed teams of which one each of us thought was better! (State Standard: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.) The projects were a little differentiated based on student ability and goals we had set- second graders were to come up with two reasons and third graders were to come up with three, plus concluding statements!

We got into teams with peers who chose what we did, sour or sweet, and students brain streamed and made graphic organizers using sidewalk chalk to form our topic sentences and supportive reasons WHY sour was better or sweet was better. Students then presented in attempts to persuade the rest of us. It was a great and silly lesson in speaking in front of others, persuasive and opinion writing and team work! Plus, we checked off FIVE state standards for writing for second grade and third grade listed below, if you're into that  : )

Write opinion pieces in which students introduce the topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

With guidance and support from peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.


Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

Provide reasons that support the opinion.

Use linking words and phrases (e.g., becausethereforesincefor example) to connect opinion and reasons.