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First Ladies Opinion Writing Step-by-Step (Would You Rather)

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Would you rather meet Martha Washington or Eleanor Roosevelt? If you need an engaging way to teach opinion writing, look no further than this step-by-step unit!

Perfect for elementary teachers and homeschoolers alike, this LOW PREP resource covers the five steps of opinion writing—research and brainstormingreasons and examplesintroduction and conclusiondraft, edit, and revise; and final draft—using a cross-curricular approach and First Ladies theme.

Each day's lesson addresses one step. Differentiated graphic organizers—primary linesregular lines, and no lines—are included to match the student's handwriting skill level.


  • Women's History Month, First Ladies, or specific First Lady unit study
  • Writing lessons or centers
  • Social studies class
  • ...or just for fun!


  • Teacher instructions
  • Topic cards (48 in color and 48 in B&W; 1,128 unique combinations of the topic)
  • Mix and match research report pages
  • Differentiated opinion writing graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Step-by-step opinion writing instructions and checklists
  • Sentences starters and transitions
  • BONUS DOWNLOAD: Anchor charts, writing rubrics, and helpful bookmarks


  • Each student picks or is assigned 2 topics from the cards to research (individually or in small groups)
  • Select one of the included writing prompts or use the blank one to create your own
  • Starting with research and brainstorming, students complete one opinion writing step each day
  • Students present their final draft—orally or using the included graphic organizers—in response to the assigned writing prompt
Help your students become expert opinion writers! Whether you're looking for an introduction to opinion writing or an assessment of prior knowledge, this resource has something for everyone. 


  • Martha Dandridge Custis Washington
  • Abigail Smith Adams
  • Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
  • Dolley Payne Todd Madison
  • Elizabeth Kortright Monroe
  • Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
  • Rachel Donelson Jackson
  • Hannah Hoes Van Buren
  • Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison
  • Letitia Christian Tyler
  • Julia Gardiner Tyler
  • Sarah Childress Polk
  • Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor
  • Abigail Powers Fillmore
  • Jane Means Appleton Pierce
  • Harriet Lane
  • Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Eliza McCardle Johnson
  • Julia Dent Grant
  • Lucy Ware Webb Hayes
  • Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
  • Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur
  • Frances Folsom Cleveland
  • Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
  • Frances Folsom Cleveland
  • Ida Saxton McKinley
  • Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
  • Helen Herron Taft
  • Ellen Axson Wilson
  • Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
  • Florence Kling Harding
  • Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge
  • Lou Henry Hoover
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman
  • Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower
  • Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy
  • Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson
  • Patricia Ryan Nixon
  • Elizabeth Anne Bloomer Ford
  • Rosalynn Smith Carter
  • Nancy Davis Reagan
  • Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Laura Welch Bush
  • Michelle Obama
  • Melania Trump
  • Dr. Jill Biden


  • Art (drawing and coloring)
  • English language arts
  • Grammar
  • History
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Social studies
  • Spelling
  • Writing
You will get a PDF (16MB) file

Terms of Use: This product is licensed for personal or classroom use ONLY, unless multiple licenses are purchased. Commercial use is not allowed. Refunds: All sales are final and non-refundable due to the immediate access to digital products.

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