Developing an Opinion Email leads your students step by step through creating an email that expresses an opinion and supports it with strong reasons. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new persuasive skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students warm up their thinking by sorting out opinions and facts. Then they read a sample opinion paragraph and an opinion email and write in response to them. Afterward, they are ready to write their own opinion emails:
- Prewriting activities help students select a topic, develop an opinion statement, and gather reasons to support the opinion. Students also learn about the parts of an email message.
- Writing activities help students complete the email header and write a beginning that leads to the opinion statement. Students develop middle paragraphs that provide reasons to support the opinion. They create ending paragraphs that revisit the opinion.
- Revising activities help students add important details to explain reasons but cut unimportant details that do not provide support. Students also learn to get a peer review and use a checklist to revise.
- Editing activities help students check capitalization and make sure their verbs stay in the present tense. An editing checklist helps students check for common errors.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their emails and reflect on their learning.