Using Evidence to Support Opinions
1 Mini Lesson
What makes an opinion valid and worth considering? Whose opinions do you value? Why? Whose opinions do you question? Why?
Work with students to define: opinion, personal reason, fact and detail
Explain: “After selecting and reading a nonfiction picture book of your choice, you will be asked to state your opinion of that book and to support your opinion with facts and details from that book. Let’s do one together.”
Students will be able to listen and respond to teacher directed questions.
2 Guided/ Independent / Share
Read aloud: The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss .Model Supporting Your Opinion About a Nonfiction Book .Elicit and explain thinking while modeling.Elicit student responses from Independent Practice and discuss.Elicit how each of the details support each of the personal reasons and how both the personal reasons and facts/details support the student’s opinion of the book.
If book is paginated, ask students to provide page numbers for supporting details.Each student selects an additional nonfiction picture book from a selection provided by the librarian.Students read their picture book.Students complete the assessment.Allow students to work in heterogeneous pairs or groups.Model activity several more times for students in need of additional support.Provide books at various reading levels.
Collaborate with classroom teacher to design a lesson on using linking words, phrases & clauses to connect opinions with reasons and details from a nonfiction book.
Students can create digital notebook to hold information.