K-1 Opinion Writing: 3 Books Guaranteed to Make Them Laugh...and Write!

Are you looking for books to motivate reluctant writers? These 3 Jon Klassen stories are bound to get your students talking about their opinions!

Once my students are comfortable with the idea of opinion writing, I like to move onto more open-ended books. The types of books that force them to think about what really happened at the end of the story and form their own reasons for it.

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This is Not My Hat

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This is Not My Hat is the story of a small fish who takes a hat off a big fish while he sleeps - or is he sleeping? 

I first read this to my 5th grade class over 10 years ago and they were VERY decided in their opinions of the ending. Some of them were quite upset about the idea of the fish being eaten. 

However, I have always found that my K-1 students actually tend to be a bit more realistic about what happened to the fish. They seem to become less upset by the idea of the food chain!

I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back is the tale of a bear who's red hat is missing and all the animals he encounters along the way. This book will have your class cracking up when the bear walks right past the animal that took his hat!

We Found a Hat

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

The last book in the trilogy is where two turtles find a hat - but only one. My students always love coming up with solutions for what these 2 turtles can do with just the one hat!

All 3 of these stories will inspire some great conversations with your students. After they have shared we take a vote as to what we think happened.

Class vote on the outcome of the rabbit

Then after having a few more discussions where they present their reasons for their opinions, they are off to write about it.

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