Common Core Writing Practice to Mastery! 3rd Grade Opinion Writing Edition

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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14 pages
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Welcome to “Writing Practice to Mastery!” Since you can use this packet over and over again for different opinion writing topics, it is truly “A Year’s Worth of Opinion Writing Practice!”I can write an opinion piece in which I:
--introduce the topic or book I am writing about,
--state my opinion within an organized structure,
--supply reasons to support my opinion,
--use linking words and phrases to connect my opinion and reasons,
--and provide a concluding statement or section.
No extra resources needed!

“Writing Practice to Mastery!” can be used with individual students or with a small group of students working as a team to produce an opinion paper that meets all of the requirements of Common Core W.3.1. It also allows for research to support the opinion and
includes a Opinion Writing Scoring Guide that includes
student self-scoring, peer scoring and teacher scoring.
Students reflect on their scores and then make a plan
for improvement on the next Opinion Writing assignment.
All of these features, used with the following plan, allow
you to cover W.3.1, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6, W.3.7 and W.3.8!
Step 1: Topic Planning
Step 2: Introducing Your Topic
Step 3: Stating Your Opinion
Step 4: Doing Your Research (Notes on Sources)
Step 5: Supporting Your Opinion & Linking Support
Step 6: Concluding Statements
Share With the World! (Draft and Final Copy Template) Revision and Editing Checklist included for use with draft copy. Digital publishing (or using the template again to publish in the students’ best handwriting) is the final step.
Opinion Writing Scoring Guide & plan for improvement
Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


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