Opinion Writing Body Paragraphs – How to Write Body Paragraphs

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Looking for a resource with everything you need to help your students write effective body paragraphs for opinion essays? This Body Paragraphs Unit includes step-by-step lessons to target paragraph structure, topic sentences (reasons), transitions, details to support the reasons, and effective conclusion sentences. You’ll love using the easy-to-implement opinion writing lessons and activities.


No more spending hours prepping and planning opinion writing lessons. This explicit writing resource walks you through teaching the body paragraph writing process, helping you feel confident and ready for a successful writing block time.




• Opinion Writing – Body Paragraph Posters

• Opinion Writing Structure

• Opinion Writing Concept Map (shows color coding)

• Body Paragraph Introduction – Teacher Page/Student Handout

• Body Paragraph Color Coding Directions

• Color Coding: Archery as a Hobby

• Can You Identify It? (Topic Sentences, Details, and Conclusion Sentences)

• Color Coding: Household Chores for Children

• Which One is It? (Topic Sentences, Details, and Conclusion Sentences)

• Body Paragraphs and Topic Sentences (teaching page and student page)

• Stump the Experts Game – (2) Teacher Pages for Detail Practice

• Outline Templates (6)

• Body Paragraph Sort: Opinion and Details (cut and glue activity)

• Which Detail Doesn’t Belong? (match details to reasons)

• Color Coding: The Hazards of Too Much Pressure (sports)

• One of These Details is NOT like the Other – Match details to reasons

• Body Paragraphs and Details (with transitions)

• Body Paragraphs Beginnings and Endings (add the conclusions)

• Rate the Body Paragraph Conclusions

• Examine the Body Paragraphs Conclusions

• Body Paragraph Conclusions (add the conclusions)

• Color Coding Directions Page (for a complete opinion essay)

• Cats are Excellent Pets (a complete opinion essay example to color code and
circle transitions)

• Cats are Excellent Pets – Reverse Outline Page

• Teacher Notes PDF with LINKS and Detailed Information




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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Resource: ❤️


Comprehensive Coverage: Aligned to cover body paragraphs in opinion writing essays, this unit helps your students receive step-by-step writing practice in short, meaningful lessons to keep students engaged.



Two Formats: The print and digital formats give you greater teaching and learning options. You’ll have the freedom to use one or both formats to fit your classroom needs.



Teacher-Friendly Features: If teaching writing has ever made you feel anxious or overwhelmed, this resource can help! With ready-to-teach lessons that are easy to implement, you’ll feel confident as a writing teacher while saving hours of planning and prepping time.



➡️ ➡️ ➡️ This resource targets the following:


  • CCSS W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
  • CCSS W.3.1.B Provide reasons that support the opinion.
  • CCSS W.3.1.C Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinions and reasons.
  • CCSS W.3.1.D Provide a concluding statement or section.


  • CCSS W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • CCSS W.4.1.B Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
  • CCSS W.4.1.C Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
  • CCSS W.4.1.D Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.



  • CCSS W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • CCSS W.5.1.B Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
  • CCSS W.5.1.C Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
  • CCSS W.5.1.D Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.



Looking for more opinion writing units? We’ve got you covered!

Opinion Writing – Introduction Paragraph Unit

Opinion Writing – Conclusion Paragraph Unit

Opinion Writing Essay Bundle



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