Astronaut in Space Opinion Essay Writing Prompt Common Core TNReady Aligned

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Have your students read and write about whether or not they would be a interested in becoming an astronaut when they grow up! They will read two nonfiction articles that both discuss some of the requirements of an astronaut; then, they will complete a graphic organizer which helps them plot out their 3-paragraph opinion essay. Once you've read over their drafts, give them the cute astronaut-themed stationery to write their final copies on, and grade them using the included rubric. This is a great resource to use when you study space, astronomy, planets, or the Moon!

Included:
1. Text 1: A magazine article about 3 basic requirements to becoming an astronaut.
2. Text 2: A magazine article of an interview with an astronaut; he discusses how he became an astronaut.
3. Writing Prompt & Tips: Explains the prompt and offers tips to help students do their best writing.
4. Opinion Essay Poster
5. Graphic Organizer: ORE-RE-REO style
6. Exemplar: I wrote a model essay with the opinion that I would be a good President, using reasons based on evidence from both articles. Show it to students to give them an idea of what you expect.
7. Stationery: Black-and-write stars border with astronaut graphic for students to color
8. Rubric: Based on 100 points, aligned with Common Core / TNReady Standards
9. Standards

Standards:
3rd Grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.A
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.B
Provide reasons that support the opinion. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.C
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.D
Provide a concluding statement or section.
4th Grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.A
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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.B
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.C
Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.D
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
5th Grade
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B
Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.C
Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.D
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
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Astronaut in Space Opinion Essay Writing Prompt Common Cor
Astronaut in Space Opinion Essay Writing Prompt Common Cor
Astronaut in Space Opinion Essay Writing Prompt Common Cor
Astronaut in Space Opinion Essay Writing Prompt Common Cor