Time for one of my very favorite link-ups:
Each week, we get a Scholastic News (though I'm about 2 and a half months behind!), which has a small opinion section in almost every article!
They ask a questions, and have the kids say yay or nay, as well as giving reasons why.
These are a great example of opinion writing.
One thing I like to do is to ask a simple questions, like: Which makes a better pet, dogs or cats?
The students have to write their answer on a post-it, and give some reasons (I prefer that they give at least 3 reasons) of why they choose what they did. They post these on our show what you know chart.
After a few weeks of this, we move on to writing it out into paragraphs and expanding on our reasons.
Kids always have opinions-and now we're expanding on them to have them explain and support their opinions!
Smiles and Sunshine,