November 28, 2016
by Byron Delcomb

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Stylish Opinion Topic Sentences

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Students will write an opinion and supporting reason sentences with adjectives and descriptive nouns.

(5 minutes)
  • Share a descriptive sentence about something you enjoy, with your class. An example would be: "An evergreen forest is one of my favorite places to be."
  • Explain that this is an example of an opinion, or an idea that you believe.
  • Next, give three reasons that support your opinion. For example: "The trees are remarkably lush. The air is breathtakingly fresh. The animal life is incredibly diverse."
(10 minutes)
  • Display the Stylish Opinion Organizer Teacher Model to illustrate your example.
  • Show how your sentences have strong descriptive style in the way you used adjectives.
  • Point out how each sentence fits into the organizer as part of the essay prewriting process. Explain how each sentence can act as a topic sentence for ordered paragraphs in an opinion writing essay, but that today’s lesson only focuses on writing and organizing topic sentences.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your class to consider supportive reasons for the opinion, "Kids would have time to do so many more activities if there were no homework assignments."
  • Share a poster-sized Stylish Opinion Topic Sentence Organizer.
  • Challenge them to use adjectives to give their thoughts descriptive style.
  • Have your students turn and talk with a neighbor about their supporting opinions.
  • Call your class to attention and take their ideas by filling in three reasons on the poster sized Stylish Opinion Topic Sentence Organizer.
  • Encourage student opinions to include adjectives that show descriptive style.
  • Review the finished class model and answer any clarifying questions.
(15 minutes)
  • Explain to your students that they will now write their own opinion and supporting reason sentences with descriptive style by using adjectives.
  • Review your class work time rules and expectations.
  • Make sure each student has a copy of the Stylish Opinion Topic Sentence Organizer.
  • When all clarifying questions are answered, your class may begin working.


  • Challenge these students to write follow-up example sentences for each topic sentence. Examples include: "The trees are remarkably lush. Sometimes redwood trees are so dense that they completely block out the sunlight. And, The animal life is incredibly diverse. You might see a bird of prey, a family of deer, or both!"


  • Use the Student Support Edition form to provide a preassigned opinion sentence.

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  • Walk around during student work time and ask your students leading questions for support. An examples might be: "How might you add an adjective to this sentence to show descriptive style?"
  • Check that your class has three distinct reasons that support their opinion.
  • A student roster sheet with additional columns is an excellent resource for note-taking as you meet briefly with your students.
  • Assessment time is embedded in student work time.
(10 minutes)
  • Have student volunteers share their Opinion Writing Topic Sentence Organizers.
  • Explain to your class how the sentences from their Opinion Writing Topic Sentence Organizers serve as first-draft topic sentences for a larger opinion writing piece.

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