This week we officially launched our new writing unit! Students will be learning how to support their ideas and opinions. In this unit students will begin to understand that they can initiate changes with an argument based on realistic criteria and support it with reasons that appeal to those needed. Everyday we will be busy delivering our requests and reading responses. We will be learning how to butter someone up, and ways to use your closing and signature to persuade. We will of course write letters to you at home, too. Don't be surprised when your first grader starts to butter you up before they ask you for something.
This week we launched our unit by discussing collections. Each student generated a long list of all the things they collect at home. Wow were these lists amazing! The next day they had to judge their own collections. This was tough work! They went through their lists and chose one of their most favorite collections. They then had an open discussion with a peer about why this was the best one and why!
By the end of our Persuasive/Opinion unit our pieces will include the following components:
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.