Standard #: LAFS.1.W.1.1 (Archived Standard)

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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.

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Lesson Plans

Name Description
Be Good to Eddie Lee

This close reading lesson addresses both literacy standards and the topic of disability awareness. Using the text, Be Good to Eddie Lee by Virginia Fleming, this lesson helps children understand why they shouldn't use hurtful words when talking about a child with a disability. It shows how children can learn important things from children with disabilities. Finally, it addresses the following literacy standards: asking and answering questions about text, retelling a story, determining the lesson learned in a story, identifying story elements, and writing an opinion piece.

Traveling With Clifford

In this MEA lesson plan, students will work on their map skills while they practice collecting data in categories, representing data using pictographs, and interpreting data in pictographs to solve a problem. Students will read and/or listen to the story Clifford Takes a Trip. After discussing the story, they will then plan a trip for Clifford to visit the great state of Florida.

A Chilly Feeling

In this close reading lesson, the students will analyze the poem "It Fell in the City" by Eve Merriam. They will read the poem, identify words or phrases that show feelings or appeal to the senses, describe the place in the poem and add drawings to express their feelings. They will also write an opinion paragraph about how the poem made them feel after reading it.

Close Reading: Chrysanthemum

During this close reading lesson, students will analyze the text Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. The students will determine the central message and gain insight from valuable lessons that enhance the character development throughout the story. The students will be encouraged to ask and answer open-ended and text-dependent questions. The students will also have opportunities in this lesson to practice other comprehension strategies such as making predictions and inferences, determining importance, and making connections to characters and text. To apply the concepts learned the students will use evidence from the text to write an opinion paragraph explaining the lesson learned and then proving that lesson's importance in the characters' lives.

Close Reading of Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

In this lesson, students will be lead through a series of three close readings to complete a story map and answer text-dependent questions. Students will be lead to infer the story's lesson, be exposed to Tier 2 vocabulary, and be asked for written responses to text-dependent questions while demonstrating a command of first grade level grammar and conventions.

It’s Mine! Close Reading Lesson on Central Message

In this lesson students will use the key details from It's Mine! by Leo Lionni to describe story elements, determine unknown words, and understand the central message of the text with teacher support, in pairs, and independently. Students will work to complete a Think-Write-Pair-Share, Vocabulary Graphic Organizer, an inside-outside circle to answer text dependent questions, and an independent opinion writing to show their understanding of the story's key details, characters, and central message.

Sheila Rae, the Brave: A Close Reading

In this close reading lesson, students will identify and describe story elements, determine the meaning of unknown words using context clues, and retell the major events in the story Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes. They will identify the central message in the story and write an opinion paragraph about the main characters as they explore the concept of bravery.

The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs: A Close Reading

In this close reading lesson, students will read and reread the stories The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Students will complete a variety of activities to help them compare and contrast the two versions of the story and complete an opinion writing using the text.

Close Reading: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

This lesson allows the students to retell a story and determine the main idea and details in a text using the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. Through several readings, the students will increase their comprehension of the text and the central message: the significance of memories and the importance of friendship. The students will be encouraged to answer and discuss higher order questions and later develop their own opinion of the text.

First Day Jitters: A Close Reading Activity

In this lesson, the teacher and students will read and reread the engaging book First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg (210L). They will identify and describe the story elements in the illustrations and text and analyze the author's use of specific words to suggest the main character's feelings. Students will write an opinion paragraph in response to a prompt about the book using text to support their opinion.

Bad Kitty

In this lesson, students will engage in questioning activities as they make predictions throughout the story Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel, using textual clues to support their predictions. Students will participate in other making prediction activities to practice this skill prior to writing an opinion paragraph stating their prediction of what will happen at the end of the story.


In this lesson, students will explore the stars in the sky using observations with our eyes and observations with hand lenses. Students will also explore folktales of how the shapes in the stars came to be.

A Piece of Cake

In this lesson, students will present their opinion through drawing, writing and speaking. Students will enjoy discussing their favorite animals, pizza and cake. Students will learn about self-expression and the different ways to present their opinion.

Good Wolf/Bad Wolf?

In this lesson, students will review two versions of The Three Little Pigs as they identify and describe the characteristics of the wolf character. They will then complete a Venn Diagram to determine the similarities and differences in the wolf's characteristics. Students will complete a writing assignment stating their opinion of the wolf character, supply a reason for their opinion, and provide closure.

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