Grade 3

Writing Opinions For an Audience

Creative Communicator
Thoughts

Overview

Seesaw is a web-based and application platform where students can post pictures from the classroom, annotate, speak their mind, and create electronic portfolios that connect school and home. Parents are able to see student work as soon as it is posted.
In this activity, students write an informational piece of writing and read it to their audience on SeeSaw.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to choose an opinion they have and write at least three reasons with details about that opinion.

Vocabulary

  1. Informational Piece of Writing: Informational writing is a type of nonfiction writing that conveys information about something, which means it is factual. Many examples of informational writing can be found in newspapers, almanacs, and reference books.

Pre-planning

  • Before the lesson, teachers must set up SeeSaw accounts for their class and invite parents to join.

  • Students should also know the basic features of SeeSaw.

  • Teachers will need Journal Paper or “opinion writing paper”  available to students. There are many templates that can be found using Google. 

    • The opinion writing paper will include:
      • Title and Purpose
      • Opinion
      • Use linking words and phrases like because, for example, I believe, I prefer, in my opinion, to convince the reader
      • Reasons 1-3
      • Examples to support the reasons
      • Conclusion

Note: SeeSaw has many other tutorials on their website and Help Center

Accommodations

Steps

  1. The teacher begins by asking students “Who reads your writing?” Student answers will include people in the classroom and also their family at home if journals go home.

  2. The teacher then asks, “what types of writing do we write?” Students should answer journal writing, stories, nonfiction, etc…

  3. The teacher explains that today when students work on writing, they are going to write an opinion about something, post their writing to SeeSaw and read it aloud for their audience.

  4. Teacher and students discuss opinion topics that they like to write about. Students may say:

    • School Uniforms

    • Later Bedtime

    • Why I should get a phone

  5. Next, students and teacher talk about reading an opinion text out loud to someone and how to help their reader understand their story. Students may say:

    • Read clearly.

    • Be convincing.

    • Point to the words.

  6. Students create their opinion writing on journal paper and add a picture to match. When finished, the students will upload their writing to SeeSaw.

  7. In SeeSaw students press the “+” sign, then select the camera icon to take a photo of their writing.

  8. Next, students tap the microphone and record themselves reading their writing aloud.

  9. When finished, students select the green check to add it to their journal.

Here is a photo of the steps to add and explain a photo in SeeSaw:

SeeSaw Instructions

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Teachers can see what students have posted to their journal from the Teacher side of SeeSaw. They are able to leave feedback for students and intervene with any student who did not read their story or added more detail then they wrote about. The teacher can also talk about how their writing might help someone to continue the discussion about audience.

ISTE Standards

Creative Communicator
​​​​​​​6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

SeeSaw works on all devices, but works best on devices with a camera and microphone.

iOs app

Websites:
SeeSaw

SeeSaw Student video tutorial

SeeSaw Teacher video tutorial

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Credits
This task card was created by Lacey Khon, KRESA, November 2018.