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4.2.3 Using Opinion Writing to Assess Student Learning

Ms. Valbuena next focused instruction on helping students apply their knowledge to understanding the role and responsibility of government and citizens in today’s democratic society. She engaged students in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities to create and publish a constitution for their school and a bill of rights for students: Stanton Elementary Constitution and Student Bill of Rights

After creating these documents, Mrs. Valbuena asked students to write an opinion essay to address this writing prompt:

Should students support the Stanton Elementary Constitution and Student Bill of Rights?  Provide evidence to support your point of view.

This second assignment addresses the following CCSS Writing Standards for grade 5:

CA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1:  Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

b. Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

c. Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

d. Provide a concluding statement
 

Ms. Valbuena’s goal was to assess students’ enduring understanding about the important role and responsibility of government and citizens in a democratic society and to assess their writing skills as defined by the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.