• Listen to and respond to high quality literature
  • Use linking words in opinion writing to order reasons
  • State opinion with reasons and examples

Iowa Core Standards:


Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


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.

Grade: 2

Technology: iPad and pre-made QR codes for stories and Padlet board


Download QR Reader onto iPads

Create a Padlet for students to record their opinions

Create QR codes for both stories chosen to compare and Padlet


Instruct students on opinion writing by use of mentor text and the gradual release model.

Introduce two book the students will be listening to on YouTube and direct them to the correct QR code for each book.  In my classroom, we listened to The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma and Creepy Carrots.

Once students have listened to the two stories, have them scan the code that will direct them to a Padlet you have created.  Here, they will respond to the two stories by stating which they prefer and providing reasons for their opinion.  They will include linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect reasons.   Have them type their name in the “Title” so you can evaluate their work.

They will spend time looking at peer opinion and reasons when the class has all had a chance to respond.


Look at responses on Padlet to determine student mastery of skills.