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4th and 5th Grade Writing Center - Persuasive Writing

Jennifer Findley
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
Formats Included
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13 pages
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Jennifer Findley


Do you need engaging + rigorous writing centers for your 4th and 5th graders? This persuasive/opinion (options for both types of writing include) writing center resource is a perfect literacy center to both engage and challenge your writers.

About the this Writing Center Resource:

- This writing center includes 12 different paired text task cards for writing persuasive or opinion essays.

- There are two different direction pages to choose from: one that specifically asks students to write opinion essays and one that asks them to write persuasive essays.

- Each writing center task card includes:

  • An engaging question for the students to consider
  • Two texts on the topic – one that answers “yes” and one that answers “no”

- To complete the writing task, the student will select a task card and read each side or opinion of the question at the top of the card. He or she will then determine which side or opinion they agree with. Finally, the student will write an opinion or persuasive essay using details from the texts and his or her own unique supporting details.

- A sample student essay has been included to help you introduce and/or model this center.

- Optional planning pages/graphic organizers are included.

Ways to Use This Persuasive Writing Resource:

A Consistent Writing Center - Choose 2-3 task cards from the resource to allow students to read and choose from each week. Using the resource in this way will allow you to have a consistent writing center for 4-6 weeks (depending on how many prompts you allow the students to choose from each week).

Independent Writing Practice – During your opinion/persuasive unit of study, use a few of the prompts to allow your students to practice writing essays in response to a text stimulus.

Early Finishers – These task cards make great early finisher activities. However, I recommend requiring the student to choose a task card and stick with that task card until completion (which may take up to a week or longer, depending on how much of an early finisher the student is).

Homework – The writing task cards would also make an excellent homework option. Copy 1-2 pages of task cards if you want to allow for choice. This would be a complete week of writing homework.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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