Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts

Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
Eating Bugs Opinion Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts
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Eating Bugs Writing Prompt with Mentor Texts: Should bugs be added to the school cafeteria menu? Yes, you read that right. This prompt is asking students whether BUGS should be eaten at school or not! Many students don't know it's perfectly okay to eat bugs which is what makes this evidence-based opinion writing prompt so unique and engaging.

With this resource, students use information from three different passages to write an organized, argumentative essay. Please note that this writing prompt is just part of my growing bundle. Click HERE to get a year's worth of writing prompts, including this one, at a discount price!

Nowadays, there is a noticeable difference in how students are expected to write their essays on the standardized writing test. Many standardized tests, such as SAGE in Utah, PARCC in New Jersey, and FSA in Florida, require the students to read/listen to multiple texts and then use information from those passages in their writing. According to the SAGE rubric, students are expected to write essays that are well-organized (this includes writing strong introductions and conclusions), incorporate text evidence, elaborate on their details (this includes using domain-specific vocabulary), and use proper grammar/spelling. This product provides many resources to help you prepare students for the state writing test!

To prepare my students for the SAGE test, I don’t hesitate to get them started. From the very beginning, my students are given writing prompts with mentor texts. We practice annotating the texts, and then we practice using that information to write a well-organized, 5-paragraph essay. To write these essays, I use the writing process. It typically takes me three weeks to get through one writing prompt with the students, especially at the beginning of the year. This product includes day-to-day instructions on how I use the writing process and this writing prompt with my students. This writing prompt comes with three engaging passages. Please click the preview to see if the passages are at an appropriate level for your students.

Entomophagy is the scientific word used to describe when humans eat bugs. While the idea of eating bugs makes many Americans cringe, it is totally normal in other countries such as Thailand, China, Mexico, Ghana, and France. Write an essay where you give your opinion. Should bugs be added to the school cafeteria menu? Manage your time carefully so you can plan, write, revise, and edit your essay. 

This product comes with three unique mentor texts written by me. All three passages are informational texts about eating bugs.
Passage #1: Eating bugs is not weird in many countries. This passage describes the bugs that people are eating in Thailand, Mexico, Ghana, and France.
Passage #2: This passage explains why people think it's a good idea to eat bugs. Reasons include: they are healthy, they're good for the environment, they're easy to prepare, and people in the United States are already eating them, including kids.
Passage #3: In America, most people cringe when they think about eating bugs because it just sounds so gross. This passage explains other reasons why people in America are not okay with eating bugs freely. Reasons include: severe allergic reactions could happen, there are other food sources if we run out of meat, people are afraid of them, and they are not always easy to eat.
***In all three passages, the paragraphs are numbered and there's a glossary at the end. (Just like the SAGE test in Utah)***

This product has quite a few extras! If you buy this resource, you will not only be getting a prompt and three mentor texts, but you will also be getting the following: (please click the preview, where I have posted EVERY SINGLE PAGE of this product):
•Day-to-day instructions that explain what I do with the students for 14 days
•4 different rubrics to choose from (I’ve taken information from the SAGE rubric and turned it into one that is more student-friendly and teacher-friendly.)
•Brief descriptions of each rubric so that you can know which one you want to use.
•A schedule that outlines what the students will be doing for the next 3 weeks (the rubric and schedule are things I show the students before we begin writing our essays so they know what is expected of them, how long it will take, and how to be successful.)
•A checklist that the students can use while they write their essays to make sure they are including everything that their essay needs
•Two different graphic organizers to choose from (one is completely blank, while the other one has some of it filled in)
•Alternative graphic organizers that are decorative (they write their reasons in a picture of jar or a bug)
•Many different types of rough draft paper that you can choose from. (My favorite rough draft paper is the one that has ARMS at the bottom. Many teachers like to use the acronym ARMS when revising with their students.)
•An ARMS handout
•Peer Editing Sheets (I love using these! Instead of having students write all over each others’ papers with red pens, they look for certain criteria, fill out the form, and give feedback)
•Two sample graphic organizers, one for each side, that has been filled in by me
•Two sample final drafts, one for each side, that meet all the requirements to get a really good score on the SAGE test (both of them are written by me)
•Decorative lined paper that the students can write their final drafts on
•Decorative title pages (the students can use these as a cover for their final drafts.)
•A note that can be sent home to parents to announce the completion of their essays and the sharing party that will take place in class

At the end of previous school years, many of my students expressed phrases such as, “Mrs. Lott, thank you for teaching me how to write an essay,” “I like writing now,” “I finally get how to write an essay,” and “I’m not as worried to take the SAGE test because I know what I’m doing.” These comments, of course, brought tears to my eyes. That’s what teaching is all about. Then seeing their SAGE scores brought even more tears to my eyes. All students improved and almost all scored between 400-500, which is proficient. I even had several students score over 500!! :)

Please note that this product does not teach students how to write an essay. The intent of this product is to provide an outline and description of what I do for 3 weeks and the resources I use to do it. If you are interested in how I teach my students to write, follow me on TPT and stay tuned. It is my goal to make product(s) that you can use to teach students how to write very soon!

This product is aligned with the following 4th grade writing standards:

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