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10 Mentor Texts for Teaching Opinion Writing

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Using mentor texts to teach opinion writing is the best! See below for my favorites!

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We begin writing opinion pieces in class next week, and I’m pumped! This is by far my favorite writing unit of the year.

I teach grades 4-6, so this is the point of the year where I really have to change gears between grades 4-5 and 6. In grades 4-5, we teach opinion writing. In this genre of writing, students choose one opinion, and write about that opinion using facts, definitions, and details to support it. In sixth grade, students start writing argumentative essays. In argumentative writing, students support their claim and address opposing claims as well.

Without further ado, here are my 10 favorite books to use while teaching about forming opinions during this writing unit:

1. Groundhog Gets a Say
A screenshot of the cover of the book Groundhog Gets a Say
2. Mr. Maxwell’s Mouse
A screenshot of the cover of the book Mr. Maxwell's Mouse
3. A Fine, Fine School
A screenshot of the cover of the book A Fine, Fine School
4. Dear Katie, The Volcano Is a Girl
A screenshot of the cover of the book Dear Katie, The Volcano Is a Girl
5. Red is Best

A screenshot of the cover of the book Red is Best  
 
6. Animals Nobody Loves
A screenshot of the cover of the book Animals Nobody Loves 
 
7. Sophie Hartley On Strike
A screenshot of the cover of the book Sophie Hartley on Strike
 8. Not Norman: A Goldfish Story
A screenshot of the cover of the book Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

9. The Great Kapok Tree
. A screenshot of the cover of the book The Great Kapok Tree
 
10. The Best Town in the World
. A screenshot of the cover of the book The Best Town in the World
#11 – BONUS! I just have to add this one that I found recently:
A screenshot of the cover of the book Stella Writes an Opinion
Want to read another post about writing opinion pieces? Check out this one!

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I am always looking for picture books that will illustrate something I’m teaching. I’ll look no further for opinion writing. Thanks.

    1. Hi Rachel! Usually with these books I use an anchor chart. We look for elements of opinion writing and add those to the anchor chart. Then we begin practicing opinion writing using short paragraph responses. The last step is that we get into multi-paragraph opinion writing using an anchor text. I do have resources available for it in my store. :)<br /><br />http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

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