The Chicago Tribune used one of their photos from another story (about a new Franciscan community being founded in Chicago) to illustrate an opinion piece about the Vatican move to reform a US organization for sisters. I strongly doubt that the Franciscans are as "stunned, sad, weary, worried" about the move as the article suggests. I know I'm not! (More on my Nunblog; romans8v29.blogspot)
Before asking students to form an opinion piece, here's a colorful flip chart to get them started. This flip chart defines an opinion piece while asking for reasons why one might write one. Students are then asked to brainstorm ideas to support their opinions and to give examples to support their thinking.
A simple tool to help students know what words to use when writing opinion pieces or what to look for when reading an opinion piece. Can be printed out for students to have at their own use or made into a poster to place around the room. Made on powerpointIF YOU DOWNLOAD & USE PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW SO I CAN IMPROVE/WORK ON MY ACTIVITIES/RESOURCES, thank you (:
When introducing how to write an opinion piece students should have these as examples. 4.W.1 Writing opinion pieces on topics. This is a creative and helpful way to help students start writing pieces. Some students have difficulties starting a writing piece where these sentence starters will help students to start brainstorming.