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Lesson Plans
My Gift to the World Opinion Writing
1st–2nd Grade
Objectives Objectives

CCSS Reading: Writing
  • W.1.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion and provide some sense of closure.
  • W.2.1: 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.

Materials Materials Needed Preparation: Cut the wrapping paper into 10" x 13" sheets.



Read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Ask, “What are some of the gifts that the tree provides in the story?” (Possible answers include shade, apples and branches to swing on.) Then ask, “How does the tree feel when he sees the boy enjoying his gifts?” Discuss how giving gifts can often feel more rewarding than receiving gifts.



  1. Remind students that December holidays are often celebrated by giving and receiving gifts. Then explain that each person has gifts, or talents, to offer others that do not cost any money. For example, some people can play the violin, draw beautiful pictures or cook a tasty meal as a gift. Others might read stories to younger students or help them solve math problems.
  2. Invite students to share the different gifts or talents that they possess.
  3. On chart paper or a whiteboard, write, “My gift to the world is…” Prompt students to think of ways they can use their gifts to help others, and write down their ideas. For example, a student could say, “My gift to the world is playing the piano. I can play music for people while they sing along to make them happy!” Or a student could say, “My gift to the world is learning computer skills. When I grow up, I can write new programs that will help people do their jobs faster and more easily.”
  4. Finally, ask students to express their opinion on why their talent or gift is important to share with the world and how it might benefit others. (Hint: Remind students that an opinion is simply what they think.)

Independent Practice

Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the “My Gift to the World” writing frame, crayons and a pencil.
  2. Ask students to draw a picture of their gift or talent. Have them complete the sentence, describe their gift or talent, and share their opinion about how it can help the world.
  3. Invite students to select a sheet of wrapping paper. Have them glue their writing frame onto the center of the wrapping paper to make it look like a present.
  4. Reproduce the bow template onto various colors of construction paper. Have students cut out a bow, and instruct them to glue the bow along the top border of the frame. (You may want to precut the bows for younger students.)
  5. Display the completed works on a bulletin board titled “Our Gifts to the World!”

the 1st–2nd grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)




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