I'd love for you to download this (free) zip file to see if there is enough interest for me to upload the entire year's worth of files I have!
This particular writing prompt is one of an entire year's worth of prompts for the Harcourt series. Initially, I tried to create prompts that tied directly to the story for the week, but found that too challenging!
For this prompt, I had lead the discussion with the students about getting an allowance and shared my personal experiences as a child and with my own children. We had a group discussion about whether or not kids should get an allowance. I then modeled how I would fill out the plan with the opinion that kids should NOT get an allowance. My opening sentence was, "Do you make a mess in your house?" and then further went on to model how kids should take responsibility, how the parents don't get paid for doing household chores and how it's unfair that some kids get paid while some don't. I also model (weekly) my rough draft, editing and final copy. In this case, I had the kids help me elaborate on each of my reasons in the plan and we created longer, more detailed sentences. They helped me edit my rough draft (on which I had made some intentional errors) for spelling, fluency, readability, punctuation, word choice, etc. and then I modeled the final draft.
Naturally most kids said they SHOULD get an allowance, so I chose to model the opposite!
I have created personal narrative, opinion and informational prompts for each story, though they may not always tie directly to the story content or Harcourt's intended writing focus for the week.
This zip file (and the entire year's worth would contain the same kinds of files with different prompts and genres weekly) contains an OPINION plan, rough draft, final draft and rubric to go with the story, "The Pine Park Mystery."
Note that all my rubrics are based on a 4 point system because this directly aligns with my district's report card; the highest score is 4. I also did not address Voice and Organization in the rubric but instead use the first 3 areas ("Topic", "Word Choice" and "Sentences") as 3 separate grades for the genre. So, I would give 3 grades weekly for opinion, narrative or informational. The last 3 areas on the rubric ("Punctuation", "Capital Letters", "Spelling") all went under the category of "Conventions" on our report card.
The rubric IS editable, so you are free to change it if it doesn't fit your needs.
I'd love your feedback-thanks, all!