Teaching Kids To Share Their Opinion

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 30, 2014 11:45:01 PM

Sharing Opinions


Children benefit from being taught the value of their words and opinions. Words and ideas that are respected become easy to articulate to others. Talking is a precursor to writing. Having kids of all ages share their opinion assists students in writing them down.

The Common Core State Standards require students to write opinion pieces starting in early elementary school. As students enter middle school, the Common Core State Standards require students to write sound arguments on substantive topics. Educators begin preparing students in kindergarten to share their opinion. As students increase in age they begin to learn the elements of an argument. Upper elementary students can prepare logical arguments in school, when prepared with the academic vocabulary and educational tools they need to do so. Educators can prepare students to logically comprehend arguments and write sound arguments.

Teachers and parents can help students prepare to write opinion pieces:

Teaching children to state their opinions
Showing children how to use relevant evidence when supporting their points in writing and speaking
Supporting opinions with reasons
Making lists of words and phrases that support opinions
Teaching students how to use linking words and phrases

Books That Help Students Learn To Share Their Opinions

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach about opinions and freedom of speech. These texts offer strong visual cues that can be used to help students with reading. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s fluency and comprehension skills by offering scaffolds that help understanding. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com





Freedom of Speech and Expression

by Bryon Cahill (author) © 2014
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781937529833 AR: Book Level 5.1 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 159765
Protected by the Bill of Rights, the freedom of speech and expression is one of the most cherished rights possessed by citizens of the United States. Explore why this right is important to young people today. Read about ways the freedom of speech protects the media. And learn how this critical freedom is challenged around the world.





Can We Get Along? Dealing with Differences

by John Burstein (author) © 2011
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9780778797876 AR: Book Level 0.0
Learning to tolerate different opinions, perspectives, and beliefs is vital to a healthy society. Slim Goodbodys Cant We Get Along? helps children understand the need and importance for tolerance, and the steps they can take to increase peace in their lives and in the world.

thumb.jpgSettle Down / Be Real

by Stephanie Perry Moore (author) © 2012
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781612476216
Urban Teen Fiction Flip Book – showing the point of view from two sides- the cheer squad and the football team. Want a different point of view? Just flip the book!…because every story has two sides. The Lockwood High cheer squad has it all. And the ballers are hot, tough, and on point. But where there’s cheer, there’s drama…The girls story are part of Cheer Drama – Always Upbeat, Keep Jumping, Yell Out, Settle Down, and Shake It. The boys stories are Baller Swag – All That, No Hating, Do You, Be Real and Got Pride. Together they tell the story of high school couples through the eyes of the cheerleading squad and the varsity football team. The first letter in each book, C-H-E-E-R, and B-A-L-L-ER, represent the names of the featured high school couple. Settle Down (Cheer Drama): Eva Blount is a salty girl with a bad rep and attitude to spare. Everyone knows not to mess with her. She speaks her mind. She does her thing. She holds her own. Guys, in her opinion, are good for just a few things: a free meal, some quick cash, and a good feeling. But one guy takes it too far. Be Real (Baller Swag): Landon King was born with a silver spoon: he has talent, smarts, and looks to spare, so why does the star wide receiver feel the desperate need to fit in with thugs and lowlifes? Landon’s famous parents have little time for their children, which does not sit well with Landon. Then a devastating memory resurfaces and Landon’s world crashes down around him.

Important Resources For Teachers






Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com





Reading Comprehension 2

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2008
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602915015
The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! For students who are having difficulty understanding what they read or for those who need a little more practice, these reproducibles offer reinforcement in traditional reading comprehension skills. No instructor prep time; includes answer keys. Topics Include: Fact or Opinion, Plot Diagrams, Setting the Tone, Reading & Understanding Poetry, Character Development, and more…





Language Arts 1

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2002
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602914957
The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! There is no such thing as too much practice: whether it is writing, grammar, reading, spelling or vocabulary skills. This two-part high-interest program builds skills incrementally. Each title includes 100 reproducible activities with answer keys. Topics Include: Dangling/Misplaced Modifiers, Point of View Shifts, Action Verbs, Sentence Combining, Topic Sentence, Simile, and more…

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Text Types and Purposes:
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.
Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)
With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

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