Helping Students Write about Their Opinions
Getting students to write about their opinions is difficult enough, add in a research aspect, and things can get really tricky. It always helps to encourage students to use graphic organizers to help organizer their thoughts.
To help students organize information they have during the research process, check out the “Objections Chart”, “Pro-Con Chart”, “Problem-Solution Chart”, “Supporting Reasons” organizer, and “Response form from Great Source iWrite. I also like to have students write facts down and record their source information. I have created a very simple organizer for this. For research with a book, students can use my Book Organizer and for a website, they can use the Website Organizer.
Writing, of course, is a whole different issue. If you’re struggling getting started or just looking for a new approach, you may want to check out Read Write Think, Can You Convince Me?. The persuasive technique PowerPoint, may come in handy and the Persuasion Map interactive could also come in handy. Time for Kids Persuasive Paper Homework Helper is another great resource for helping students to plan arguments. I’ve also got a link to a Persuasive Planner that I modified from one I used with high school students.