Lesson Plan

Identify and Develop an Opinion

Use this lesson to teach your students how to express opinions about nonfiction topics. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *What Does the Author Think?* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What Does the Author Think? lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What Does the Author Think? lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to recognize and define the author's viewpoint of a text.

Language

Students will be able to express opinions with pronouns using sentence stems.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Display the following sentence stems on the board:
    • I like ________.
    • He/She likes ________.
  • Ask students to complete the sentence about any topic of their choice. Give students time to think about a sentence, and then have them share with a partner. Call on volunteers to share their sentence with the whole group.
  • Tell students that they just shared their opinion about a topic. Explain that an opinion is what you think about something or somebody. Emphasize that we all have opinions about the things we see, feel, hear, taste, smell, say, read, and experience in our lives.
  • Share that the objective of the lesson is to form and express opinions based on what we read.