Grade 4 ELA: A call to action

This Common Core-aligned opinion writing unit for fourth grade English Language Arts, "Writing to Call Others to Action," endeavors to teach students that they have power through their writing. Students develop an opinion based on a topic and write from this perspective. Students learn the importance of considering their task, purpose, and audience. Students demonstrate through their writing an awareness of why they are writing their pieces and they effectively target the intended audience. This task requires students to analyze texts viewed and read (independently or together), and to develop and write an opinion piece for or against standardized testing. The students will then compose and publish a letter describing their stand on the testing debate and send it to the Schools Chancellor of the City of New York. The task may take between 4–5 days to complete.