Magical Product Swap No. 2!

My awesome friend Jessica from Mrs. Stanford's Class is hosting the 2nd Magical Product Swap!

This time around I got paired up with the lovely Sandy from Ms. Fiorini's Stadium!
Ms. Fiorini's Stadium
Sandy is a 2nd grade blogger from Illinois.  She sells her creative lessons on TpT and Teacher's Notebook.   She was sweet enough to let me review her Persuasive Writing Unit!

My school is transitioning to Common Core and the new standards have a focus on opinion and argument writing.  I knew this unit would be helpful for teaching this standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g.,because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Sandy's unit has 28 pages and includes detailed lesson plans for each day of instruction.  The unit has 8 mini-lessons with a center activity and a culminating activity.  The lessons are based on several mentor texts, so I would suggest rounding them up before getting started.  They should be available in your classroom library, school library, or other colleague's classroom libraries.  You can also click below to purchase the books on Amazon.
Also included in the unit are graphic organizers, writing pages, and posters.  The lessons walk the kids through thinking about things they would want to change and why, finding facts and details, determining if the support if good or poor, and multiple opportunities to practice the skills learned.  There is even a rubric included for grading student papers for report cards or other data collection requirements.  
Graphic Organizers
Writing pages with dashed and non-dashed lines included.
Favorite Candy writing project
Here are the sheets for centers to use at the end of the unit.  Kids read the directions and write a mini argument paper.
My students just finished writing personal narratives (from Susan Moran) and they did a couple activities based on Click, Clack Moo (from Rachel Friedrich) when I was in Honolulu for a teacher conference.  I had to call in sick last Thursday, so I had the sub start with the first lesson in Sandy's Persuasive Writing Unit that is based on Click, Clack Moo.  The kids and the sub all loved it!  The sub loved that there were detailed directions and the kids loved stating their opinions!  In the lesson, the teacher reads the book (even though my kids had just heard it a week earlier, they didn't complain since it's so much fun!) then they talk about things that they would want to change in their lives (adding in come text-to-self connections!).  The kids fill out a graphic organizer and brainstorm what they would change and why or how they would change it. I am excited about diving more into this unit when I return to school on Tuesday.

If you head over to Sandy's TpT store, she is having a 20% off sale!  And so am I!  Head on over to Sandy's blog and see her review of my product, What To Do When You are Finished classroom visual.  

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Sandy and I are also giving away one of each of our units.  Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  The contest is over on October 6th and we'll announce the winners!

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  1. Persuasive writing is the one writing standard I have veryyyyy little for!! Going to check this out now!

    Great review Nicole!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

    1. Thanks Susan! I'm so glad it was helpful for you! :)

  2. Ooh, I need help with persuasive writing in second grade! Thanks for choosing this product. Great review!

    Heather at TeachItToday

    1. I'm so excited to dive more into this unit next week! I hope you love it, too! :)

  3. Nicole, I have enjoyed collobarating with you on this swap. I'm glad to hear that your kids enjoyed the lesson with the sub. Persuasive writing was the hardest writing piece for me to teach. That's how this unit came about. I needed something to help me teach this better with 2nd graders. It has been a popular item in my shop so far.

  4. Looks like a great item!!! :)
    Sweet Times in First

  5. This is amazing!!! Thanks for joining for the swap :) I hope you'll sign up for the next!

    ✏ Mrs. Stanford's Class ✏
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  6. This is an amazing writing unit! This is another reason why I love TPT and blogs! It is a true testament to what we do a professional educators!
    Kristin Cook’s Classroom Blog