Opinion/Argument~Narrative Informative~Explanatory

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A work flow for teaching Opinion (grades 2-5)/Argument Writing (grades 6 and up) begins with

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The CCSS require students to:
Beginning in Grade 1:
  1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
  2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  3. Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

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Using Collaborize Classroom to have online discussions with peers leads to deeper face to face conversations. SAS Curriculum Pathways
By Grade 6 students need to be able to:
1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
a. Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
b. Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.
d. Establish and maintain a formal style. e.Provide a concluding statement or section that followsfrom the argument presented.

A few apps we like for writing drafts through the publishing phase:
Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.38.38 PM.pngPhraseology ($2.99) for writing first drafts. This app has great tools to support writing.
Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.42.23 PM.pngWordhippo is a free website thesaurus, antonym, synonyms, word meaning and more.

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.31.05 PM.png PaperRater is a free site we use to give our drafts final edits and revision suggestions.
Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.52.36 PM.png Pages is the preferred app to use for publishing.
Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.56.09 PM.pngGoogle Drive is also used (and free).

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.45.42 PM.pngKidblog is a free website for publishing student writing to the web. The writing process is amplified when their writing is shared with the world, feedback in the form of comments and questions about the writing not only creates an online conversation but now students have an opportunity to practice proper digital citizenship skills.

Student Examples: Final draft from 6th grade English Language Learner:
Final draft from English Only Learner:

Resources to support the CCSS Writing Standards:

New YorkTimes on Friday Common Core This site is most suitable for grades 5 and up.
StoryWorks and Scope by Scholastic offer great resources to help you transition to CCSS. Each issue includes material for writing Opinion/Argument essays.