Opinion Writing for Third Graders

Third graders are at such a fun age. By third grade, children are full of ideas; enjoying learning, making connections, and forming opinions. My niece is in the third grade, and trust me—it doesn’t take much to spur her into a lively debate on whether Lady Gaga or Katy Perry is the more talented “artist.”

While there may be no shortage of opinions among third graders, there’s definitely an art to helping them write about and properly support their point of view. The newest FIP in Action module focuses on helping third grade students develop these skills.

In FIP in Action: ELA, Grade 3—Opinion Writing, you’ll meet Ms. Meyers, a teacher with 12 years of experience, and learn how she teaches her students to write opinion pieces on topics or texts by supporting a point of view with reasons.

In the module, you'll see how she uses effective pre-assessment practices and performance assessment to determine where students are in their learning. Ms. Meyers uses that information to plan her instruction and teach the students how to accurately self-assess and set goals. For example, the module demonstrates how Ms. Meyers helps one student, Reilly, assess her writing and set goals related to developing a strong use of voice and clearly articulating an opinion about the content of a piece of writing.

Reilly's Writing Sample

Reilly's Writing Sample

Throughout the module, you'll find examples of how the learning targets for this standard can be broken down and communicated to students. You’ll also see different ways to pair students so they can become resources for each other.

There are many valuable ideas and downloadable resource in this module. Here are just a few of the takeaways:

  • Tips for effective pre-assessment practice that can inform anyone working on SLOs.
  • A full deconstruction of one of the selected Grade 3 Opinion Writing standard.
  • A rubric that you can use to clarify the intended learning for students and evaluate student work.
  •  A K–12 Vertical Progression that shows how the selected Opinion Writing standard builds over time.

Want to learn more about this module? Click here to find more information or enroll. (Note: you will need an account on the Ohio Student Progress Portal to access this online learning.)

If you’re looking for examples of formative instructional practices in action in different grades or subjects, visit the FIP in Action modules page of this website.

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Student Friendly Learning Targets

Student Friendly Learning Targets

Have you completed one of the FIP in Action modules recently? What did you think? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.