This writing activity can be used as a stand-alone activity, or as an extension writing activity to complement the study of a piece of literature. Having to support their reasoning is one of the most crucial writing skills students need to master, and one of the most versatile.
Making a claim, or explaining the reason for why something is so, is not limited to English classes. Across the curriculum, students need to be able to back up claims that they make.
This download includes:
Graphic organizer with student example
Sample of finished writing
List of writing topics to pair with novels and short stories