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 teachers should assign homework.
Source 1: Provides background information on purpose of homework and current trends in homework statistics.
Source 2: Provides contentions supporting the idea of homework.
Source 3: Provides contentions debating the idea of homework.
Challenge students to utilize sources to create an opinion paper based on the contemporary debate regarding homework. Written at grade level, with a topic sure to spark interest in students. Mention of Shel Silverstein's famous "Homework!Oh Homework!" also offers great introduction into poetry mini-unit
For Florida Teachers, FSA Rubric for grading can be found here:
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