2nd Grade Opinion Writing Third Quarter

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2nd Grade Opinion Writing

Third Quarter

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

It’s Holiday Time!
What are some holiday traditions?

Christmas is a Christian holiday. Families decorate evergreen trees with lights and ornaments. Some people also string lights on the outside of their homes. On Christmas, people sing and give one another gifts.


Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday. It lasts for eight days. Every night, one candle is lit in a holder called a menorah. Children play a game with a spinning top called a dreidel. They receive chocolate coins and other gifts.

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr (EED al-FIHtuhr) is a Muslim holiday. People celebrate for one to three days. They eat special foods, exchange gifts, and wear new clothes. Eid al-Fitr comes at the end of Ramadan. That is a Muslim holiday that lasts for a month.


Diwali is a Hindu holiday that lasts for two to five days. During that time, people light oil lamps and candles. They put them inside windows and doors and outside their homes.


Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of family and African culture. It last for seven days. People light candles in a holder called a kinara. They have a feast and give one another handmade gifts.

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a nine-day Latin American celebration. It ends on Christmas. Each night, people hold candles and sing. On the last night, they have parties. Kids break open piñatas filled with treats.

A Season of Giving

Many students across the country are showing their holiday spirit. How? They are helping others for the holidays. Some kids collect canned food to feed people who are hungry. Others collect clothing and blankets to help people stay warm during the winter. They donate the items to people in need. Donate means “to give to a good cause.”

DIRECTIONS: Now that you have read, “Holidays!, write an essay sharing your opinion about a holiday you think is the best. You may use information from the article and your own experiences to show your opinion.

Remember, a good opinion piece will:

  1. Introduce the topic you are writing about.

  2. Clearly answer the question.

  3. Give lots of reasons and explanations.

  4. "Wrap up" the piece with a concluding sentence.

  5. Use capitals, periods and question marks, and spell words correctly.

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