Opinion paper prompt 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, 3 independent sources on topic, and optional planning sheet for students to organize their thoughts. Students are asked to create an opinion paper based on whether Ebeneezer Scrooge should make the "Naughty" or "Nice" list this Christmas.
Source 1: Provides story summary of "A Christmas Carol"
Source 2: Provides student with idea of "redemption" and how Dickens attempts to prove Scrooge's change of heart
Source 3: Provides list of "Naughty" and "Nice" list attributes exhibited by Ebeneezer throughout the story.
Challenge students to utilize sources to create an opinion paper based on the classic holiday story "A Christmas Carol." Written at grade level, with a shift in perspective that calls to question the nature of "redemption" and "forgiveness."
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