Opinion Essays…Come to Life

Learning Goals & Standards Addressed
-Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
-Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts details.
-Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically)
-Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
-With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1 -3 up to and including grade 5)

As an indicator of understanding, students should be able to…
– Develop a logical arguable claim.
-Use different print and/or non-print sources to compare and contrast two sides of their arguable claim.
-Organize notes into paragraphs using the Opinion Essay Organizer.
-Write a rough draft of the essay citing evidence from their sources to support their claim and refute their counterclaim.
-Revise and edit their rough drafts, including revising their Introduction Paragraph.
-Create a Final Draft based upon their revised and edited rough draft.
-Design a VoiceThread project, using the finished copy of their Opinion Essay, to apply what they’ve learned from their research.

Editing Checklist

Conventions:
___ My spelling, capitalization AND end punctuation were looked over by:___________________________
By signing above, this person confirms that they have looked over your paper to check the following:
____ There are Capitals at the beginning of every sentence.
____ There is an end mark at the end of every sentence.
____ Everything is spelled correctly.

Sentence Fluency:
___ My Sentences mostly begin with different words.
___ If I repeated anything, it was for effect.
___ If read aloud, you can hear a rhythm behind my sentences.

Organization:
___ My Introduction “hooks” the reader in some way.
___ All of my ideas are presented in a logical sequence.
___ Each paragraph is ONE topic and all details are about that topic.
___ My Conclusion leaves the reader satisfied AND refers back to the main points in my paper.

Conventions:
___ My spelling, capitalization AND end punctuation were looked over by:
____________________________________________
By signing above, this person confirms that they have looked over your paper to check the following:
____ There are Capitals at the beginning of every sentence.
____ There is an end mark at the end of every sentence.
____ Everything is spelled correctly.

Sentence Fluency:
___ My Sentences mostly begin with different words.
___ If I repeated anything, it was for effect.
___ If read aloud, you can hear a rhythm behind my sentences.

Organization:
___ My Introduction “hooks” the reader in some way.
___ All of my ideas are presented in a logical sequence.
___ Each paragraph is ONE topic and all details are about that topic.
___ My Conclusion leaves the reader satisfied AND refers back to the main points in my paper.