State an opinion about a topic

State an opinion about a topic

I can state an opinion about a topic, and support my opinion with reasons.

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State an opinion about a topic

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In this lesson, students learn about opinions and facts.They will share their opinions on different topics and compare their opinions with those of their classmates. Students will also be introduced to sentence starters for stating opinion. Students will also provide reasons to support their opinions and be shown examples on how to do so.

Common core standards


Learning Objective

Students will be able to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic.


To begin, students discuss their favorite ice cream flavor! Take a tally of the results and display it on the bar graph. Let students share what they think an “opinion” is. Explain the difference between facts and opinions. To check student understanding, have them drag the statements on the next slide to the correct box, either fact or opinion.


Explain how to share opinions by introducing sentence starters like “I think…” “My favorite…” and “In my opinion…” Next, students can come up to the board and drag the smiley face to their preferred food choice. They will also drag a thumbs up or a thumbs down to different choices on the board. You can have students count the results to compare! After this, explain how to go about sharing an opinion. First, think and deliberate. Then make a decision, and finally, explain by providing reasons to support your opinion. Give students the opportunity to practice by asking, “What do you like to do at recess?” and “Would you rather explore the moon or the ocean?” They should support their opinions with reasons.


Check student understanding with ten questions. Students will decide if statements are facts or opinions and recall information about stating opinions.


Students will form an opinion about their favorite season. They will draw a picture of their preferred season and then explain why. There is an optional printable worksheet included for this activity.

Instruction materials

There is an optional worksheet included for the closing activity.

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