This week we read the book Red is Best in which the little girl in the story tries to convince her mother that she should be able to wear red clothing everyday. This book, as well as The Spoon, sparked the children’s interest and kicked off our new writing unit called persuasive writing. Students discussed the difference between the terms fact and opinion, and they learned it is acceptable to have different opinions about a topic or an issue. However, it is important to explain your opinion or why you feel a particular way with a supporting statement, which will help someone to understand your point of view. The children began by writing about things they like and do not like and will use those writing pieces to begin their persuasive writing process in the weeks ahead.