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ELA Grade 3 Unit 6: Opinion Writing with Textual Evidence

This unit engages students in writing an opinion piece based on evidence from texts. Students will read texts, note evidence on both sides of a debatable topic, form an opinion based upon the evidence and write an opinion piece.

Focus Standards 

Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.B Provide reasons that support the opinion.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.C Use linking words and phrases (e.g., becausethereforesincefor example) to connect opinion and reasons.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.D  Provide a concluding statement or section.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

L.3.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar usage when writing or speaking.  

L.3.1.a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

L.3.1.c Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

L.3.1.h Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

L.3.1.i Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

L.3.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

L.3.2.c Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

L.3.5.c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

Content Specific Vocabulary: 



Students will learn cursive writing this year.  They will be encouraged to practice only those letters which have been taught, in order for them to learn proper letter formation and spacing.