Olivia and Oscar Build an Opinion Piece
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Olivia and Oscar Build an Opinion Piece

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Look InsideLanguage Arts Correlations Teachers' Notes When Olivia and Oscar find out their school crossing guard will lose her job, they want to take action. Together they write an opinion piece explaining what they think. They organize their arguments and remember to consider the other sides opinion. Will others see their point of view? Aligns to Common Core English Language Arts requirements for Writing. Writing Activities in the back help the reader write their own opinion piece. The Writing Builders series helps young students become better writers! Theyll be able to join in on the fun as friends in the story learn the basics of the writing process. Concepts include brainstorming and outlines, to first drafts, revising, and the finished piece. From book reports to blogs, each book in the Writing Builders series covers a different writing project, allowing students to easily follow the steps needed to finish their own writing. Activities in the back of the book provide additional information and writing practice.

  • Fountas & Pinnell Level
    P
  • Lexile Level
    620L
  • Reading Level
    3.9
  • Reading Level Range
    3.0-3.9
  • Dewey Number
    372.62
  • Dewey Number Range
    300-399
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Series
    Writing Builders
  • Copyright
    2014
  • Fiction/Non-Fiction
    Non-Fiction
  • Grade Level
    2-4
  • Author
    Andrea Pelleschi
  • Subject
    Writing Skills
n these titles, relatable fictional characters learn about writing through everyday experiences. For example, Olivia and Oscar pen an opinion piece to try to save the job of a crossing guard who is going to be let go. This approach makes the content engaging. Steps to accomplish a writing project and/or tips are included in list form in the back of each title, which is helpful for quick reference...

School Library Journal, December 2013



A carefully written, sequenced writing approach to building an opinion piece is presented for students 8 and up. Olivia and Oscar are concerned about the proposed school board budget cuts that will result in losing some of the school’s safety crossing guards. Following a 10 step procedure, they carefully compose a well written opinion piece letter to the editor that presents their point of view and the argument in favor of keeping all the crossing guards. Some concepts and tools that are helpful to them include the cluster diagram, a hook, a clear topic choice, transition phrases, and considering and addressing arguments against their opinion by presenting convincing counterarguments. Finally, revision for clarity and brevity and collecting feedback from prereaders are two suggested techniques. In addition to brightly colored illustrations, a brief Glossary and Bibliography is included at the end. “Olivia nad Oscar Build an Opinion Piece” is an excellent reference tool from the Writing Builders series for juvenile authors. Other titles from this series that are also highly recommended include: “Jesse and Jasmine Build a Journal”, by Rachel Lynette and illustrated by Carolos Aon, “Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools”, by Darice Bailer, Illustrated by Sean O’Neill, “Neil and Nan Build a Narrative Nonfiction”, by Andrea Pelleschi, illustrated by Yu-Mei Han, “Rick and Rachel Build a Research Report”, by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Chi Chung, and “Frank and Fiona Build a Fictional Story”, by Rachel Lynette, illustrated by Jan Lieffering. All volumes in this series are also available as eBooks.

Midwest Book Review, October 2013
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