In first grade, students learn how to write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure. Our class recently wrote opinion pieces about soup — specifically, what the best soup in the world is, and why people should eat it! Instead of using soup flavors that are already in existence, we each created a new type of soup. Creativity was so important — could we think outside of the box and create a soup that is different from soup we know today? What about a dessert soup? Maybe a soup that is extra spicy or flavorful? The ideas were endless, and the creative juices were definitely flowing.
We looked at some cans that had been donated for the “Soup-er Bowl” to gain some insight into important elements of a soup can. Then, each child designed the front and back of their own soup can and brainstormed ideas as to why this particular soup is the best in the world. We planned our ideas using a graphic organizer, and made sure to come up with an opening, four reasons to support our opinion, and a closing statement. The end product: an amazing opinion piece! Check out some examples below (click each picture to more easily read the writing!)
I love how our “Soup-er Bowl” and writing lesson tied perfectly into each other! Would you try any of these delicious soups? 🙂