Types of Opinion Stories
A lesson comparing three main types of opinion stories
Students will read an example of a review, a column and an editorial with emphasis on similarities and differences. Then the teacher will use direct instruction to present the differences between these three types of opinion stories.
- Students will compare different types of opinion stories.
- Students will be able to identify key characteristics of three of the most common types of opinion stories.
Common Core State Standards
|CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.5||Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.|
|CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6||Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.|
Partnership for 21st Century Skills — Student Outcomes
|Critical Thinking||Reason effectively
Use systems thinking
Make judgments and decisions
|Information Literacy||Access and evaluate information
Use and manage information
|Media Literacy||Analyze media|
Copies of a review, a column and an editorial
1. Reading examples — 35 minutes
Distribute copies of Comparing Opinion Stories and explain to students they will be reading the three main types of opinion stories: an editorial, a column and a review. Explain that students will be comparing them. (To prepare for this activity, conduct a brief discussion to define vocabulary terms like purpose and tone as needed.)
Give students time to read the stories and record their answers. As they finish, discuss their findings.
2. Presentation — 15 minutes
Next use the slideshow presentation, explaining how the three main types differ as students take notes on the material.