A. Engaging the Writer and Unpacking the Learning Targets (10 minutes)
- Gather students together with their Peter Pan journals. Tell them that today they will get to write their opinion about their second favorite Peter Pan character.
- Ask students to sit with a partner and talk about which character they selected as their second favorite. Ask them:
* “Why was that character your second favorite?”
- Tell students talk to each other about their second character choice. Remind them that when they first selected their two characters, they flagged recording forms that were important to each character. Tell students to look through their Peter Pan journal for the recording forms that they flagged about their second character.
- Give students 5 minutes to talk together. Circulate and ask students about their second choice. Ask them to share a recording form they flagged. The intent of this time is to activate their schema and get them thinking about the character they will write about.
- Invite two students to read aloud the learning targets. Ask the class:
* “Think about the things you did as writers to create your opinion writing draft. What are the things you should think about to write a strong opinion?”
- Give students time to talk together.
- Then, using equity sticks, call on a few students to share their responses. Listen for responses like:
* “We said which character captured our imagination, and then we gave reasons.”
* “We used examples from the book to support our reasons.”
* “We used linking words to connect our reasons together.”