One of the writing standards for second grade (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.1) requires that students write an opinion piece in which they introduce their opinion, support their opinion with reasons, and provide a concluding statement. Rather than having them write a paragraph or essay, I think it would be fun for them to work toward this standard by writing a book about one of their dreams! Whether it’s their dream job or a fun experience they dream about having or their dream to be on a sports team or whatever dream they decide they want to share, they would share that dream by making a book. They would introduce their dream (opinion), then talk about why they have that dream or what inspired them, and finally conclude their book with a final statement about their dream (opinion). I would use this activity toward the start of the school year we can all learn a little more about one another and grow in our class community! I created the following example about my own dream to be a teacher that I would share with my students.