Opinion Piece – Persuasive Writing for 3rd – 6th Grade

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Total Pages: 52
File Size: 4 MB

This 52 page packet is a complete opinion piece/persuasive writing set and will take your students through the opinion piece essay process from the beginning to the end! Detailed teacher notes are included to help you organize lessons.

Specifically it includes:
32 Task Cards (Student Record Sheet and Key)
Persuasive Strategies (and key)
Persuasion is Everywhere (homework handout)
Introduction to Hooks
Name That Hook (and key)
Writing Hooks for Opinion Pieces/Persuasive Essays
Add the Hook to the Topic Sentence
Add the Topic Sentence to the Hook
Writing Hooks and Topic Sentences
Topic Idea List
Stump the Expert Game
Transitions List for Opinion Piece/Persuasive Essays
Cats are Ideal Pets (Essay Example)
Opinion Piece/Persuasive Essay Group Project
Essay Outline Organizer
“Or” T-chart Practice
Kid vs. Adult T-chart Practice
Changing School T-chart Practice
Inside and Outside T-chart Practice
School Uniform T-Chart Practice
In My Opinion…”Best”
In My Opinion…”Worst”
Student Writing Checklist
3 Different Essay Writing Pages


One of the things I really like about this unit is that it is scaffolded really well. The detailed teacher notes explain exactly how to lead your students through the opinion piece process and which order to teach each lesson.

The other thing that I think is awesome is that there is so much variety included in this packet. Not only are there handouts and worksheets, but there is a fun homework assignment where students find an advertisement at home and determine which persuasive strategy was used, there is a group project, a game and even task cards!

I adore task cards and think they are a fun way to add some variety into your classroom. You can use them one on one, in literacy centers, as a whole class teaching moment or my favorite method, which is to place them around the room and have kids use their student record sheets to record their answers as they complete cards. You can do this as a Scoot game of course or as an untimed version of the game.

I love to teach opinion piece/persuasive essay writing. It’s an interactive, fun set of lessons for me and I hope you’ll feel the same!


If you like this writing packet, you might want to check out some other writing packets:
Complete Paragraph Writing Bundle: Common Core
Paragraph Color Coding and Writing
Topic Sentences Paragraph Writing: Common Core
Transitions in Writing: Common Core
Conclusion Sentences


If you’re looking for more Common Core materials, please take a look at these:
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary
Cause and Effect from Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade


Thanks so much!
The Teacher Next Door


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