Opinion paper prompt that is SURE TO SPARK THEIR INTEREST! Developed for 4th/5th Grade Text-Based Writing. Written in Florida FSA format, but applicable across multi-state, text based writing standards. Includes cover page, prompt/directions page, and 3 independent sources on topic. Students are asked to create an opinion paper based on whether or not students should have to learn second languages as a a requirement for graduation.
Source 1: Provides background on the changing trends in the demand for foreign languages. As globalization picks up, so does the need for multi-linguists!
Source 2: Provides contentions supporting the benefits of learning a foreign language.
Source 3: Provides contentions debating the reality of teaching foreign languages to EVERY student prior to graduation.
Challenge students to utilize sources to create an opinion paper based on the contemporary debate regarding mandatory language policies. Written at grade level, with a topic sure to spark interest in students.
For Florida Teachers, FSA Rubric for grading can be found here:
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