Sunday, May 15, 2016

Opinion Writing with "The Day the Crayons Quit"

Hi, friends!  We're in the home stretch!  Just a few more weeks!  Since we just wrapped up our opinion unit, I thought I'd post all about how we used one of our favorite stories to learn all about writing a persuasive letter.

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My kiddos are absolutely obsessed with The Day the Crayons Quit!  They love the structure and format of the text, as well as each crayon's unique personality.  Their favorite was the peach crayon.  I won't ruin it if you haven't read the story, but that peach crayon is sure a hoot!

Of course, we had to graph our favorite colors after reading the story.  Then, we each got to work creating a list of things we could draw with our favorite color.  We used this list to help us organize our opinion about whether our favorite crayon should or should not quit.  This little craft was also the perfect opportunity to review the three parts of a letter... heading, body and closing.

Our crayons turned out so cute, and the kiddos did such a nice job stating their opinion, providing reason(s) for their opinion, and then restating their opinion!

Don't forget to check out my "Writing Workshop" board on Pinterest for some great writing activities to complete in your classroom!

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  1. This is one book I have been meaning to add to my classroom library for months, and this writing activity is so absolutely adorable that I am definitely buying the book now! :)

  2. Your crayons did turn out so cute! I need to get this book! :)

    Peggy @ Primary Flourish

  3. A lot of writing prompts can be found here, at the blog contributed by advanced writers and bloggers