I’m a big believer in writing in all subjects. When kids formally record their ideas on paper, it helps new concepts stick. Being self contained gives me the freedom to integrate writing into everything! We write in science, math, and even social studies. My 5th graders study American history and learn about the causes leading up to the American Revolution. This makes for the perfect opinion essay prompt! Students discuss in groups which event most upset the colonists and why. We then share them in small groups or hold a class debate, depending on how much time we have.
You can see my Revolutionary Thinking Maps series at The Lesson Deli blog. There’s a post and anchor chart on the events leading up to the American Revolution to help support this content-area writing assignment.
–The Pensive Sloth