Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference:
Writing Remix 2019
Writing About Reading
Generate Opinion-Based Reading Responses
Identify character perspectives
Read literature that reveals multiple perspectives.
Choose a side in 4 steps
Move away from letting kids choose a side based on preference. Rather, teach them the four steps to identifying the strongest position.
Introduce the what and why structure
The writing standards expect students to repeat their opinion and provide a sense of closure.