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Lesson Plan: Hockey (Writing - Grade 1)

Subject:  Writing

Grade: 1

Lesson Objective: To write an opinion piece about hockey

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.




  • What types of sports do you like to watch?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • There are many different sports that you like to watch. 
  • Did you know that you just gave your opinion?  Giving an opinion means telling someone what you think or how you feel about something.
  • You give your opinion all of the time.  When someone asks you what you would like to eat, what you would like to do, what show you would like to watch, what you would like to read or where you would like to go, you are giving your opinion when you answer.
  • It is important to be able to give opinions when speaking to people and it is also important to be able to give opinions when writing.
  • When writing an opinion, you first need to say what your opinion is.  You should then give some reasons for having that opinion. 
  • For example, my opinion might be that cheese pizza is the best pizza ever.  If I just said that, people would know I like cheese pizza, but they would not know why. 
  • I could add to my opinion by writing, “I love that the cheese is gooey and it tastes delicious with the hard crust.”
  • Adding reasons to your writing makes it more interesting.
  • Today, you are going to be writing an opinion.  After you give your opinion, you need to give a reason for having that opinion.  
  • The last thing you do is write an ending.
  • You are now going to be giving your opinion about whether or not you would like to watch hockey.  Raise your hand if you know your opinion.  Can you think of a reason that you would want to watch hockey or not watch hockey?  Great!  You will now start writing. 
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share what you wrote?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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