I thought it would be a good idea to be introduced to stating opposing opinions in their writing-so they'll be super awesome when the time does come for them to write arguments :)
Making Thinking Visible to do this.
I first started out by writing different (and I thought thought-provoking) questions on half pieces of chart paper.
Then I had the kids work in pairs to write a reason for, and against each question.
my student (who is doing a little better but still not back on school)*
|They took this one in a different direction than I was anticipating-but we still had some great convos about it!|
Then, I took one of the posters (Should students wear school uniforms), and started showing them how to write an essay.
I also showed them how to state and opposing opinion and rebut it, and highlighted the different 'power words' they could use.
They've been working hard on their drafts-and this is one we are going to type (hopefully! The labs may be busy with more testing).
So even though argument writing isn't a 4th grade standard, I think that we have had a nice introduction to it-and maybe they've learned to think about other's viewpoints and opinion. :)
Smiles and Sunshine,