This is to help students with the explanatory/ opinion essay writing. It gives introduction and conclusion starters, transition words, writing checklist, help with sentence variety, evidence based terms, and it explains the writing process. I have also included definitions of explanatory, opinion, evidence and elaboration. I color coded everything as well. I have added the anchor chart that I use with the writing office. This document is editable so if you need to modify, you can. When you make the folders though, do not overlap the folders in the middle, if you do they won't seal properly when put through the lamination machine.