Opinion Writing Trading Card Lesson Plan

Subject:  English-Language Arts

Grade Level: 2nd

Note: This lesson is written for 2nd grade but can be adapted for grades 1-5 by changing the requirements for the writing assignment.  (For example, 5th graders could be expected to write a five-paragraph essay with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.)


Students will be able to write an opinion paragraph that includes an opening statement along with a reason and an example to support their opinion.

Anticipatory Set: 

Ask the students to raise their hands if they agree with the following statements.

  • Pizza is delicious.
  • Valentine’s Day is the best holiday.
  • Soccer is boring.
  • Playing video games is fun.
  • Broccoli is the most delicious food.


  • Explain that each of those statements is an opinion.  You may agree or disagree with them.  There is no such thing as a right or wrong opinion – as long as you have evidence to support your opinion.
  • Write OREO on the board (vertically).
  • Teach the students that if you remember OREO, you will have everything you need when writing an opinion paragraph.
  • O…Opinion R…Reason E…Example O…Opinion
  • The first sentence of the paragraph needs to state your opinion.  The second sentence gives a reason for your opinion.  The third sentence gives an example to prove your point.  The final sentence restates your opinion in a different way.
  • Pass out one sports trading card to each student.  
  • Give students time to look at the statistics on the back of the card.
  • Ask the students to think of a reason why their player is the best at their sport and an example to prove it.

Guided Practice:

  • Have students “Turn & Talk” to a neighbor.  Have the students share their opinion of their player and why they feel that way.

Independent Practice:

  • Assign students the writing prompt:  My player is the best……because….
  • Students will write an opinion paragraph using OREO as their guide.


  • Author’s Chair:  Call on a few students to go to the front of the room and share their writing with the class.

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