Opinion Piece Persuasive Writing - Persuasive Writing Activities

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Persuasive writing can be a challenging concept for students! Not only do students have to have a good grasp of paragraph writing, they also need to know how to persuade! This complete opinion piece writing set will guide your students through the opinion piece essay process from the beginning to the end! Detailed teacher notes are included to help you organize and plan the lessons.

Specifically it includes:

32 Task Cards (Higher level thinking cards with a Student Record Sheet and Key)

Persuasive Strategies (and key)

Persuasion is Everywhere (homework handout)

Introduction to Hooks

Name That Hook (and key)

Writing Hooks for Opinion Pieces/Persuasive Essays

Add the Hook to the Topic Sentence

Add the Topic Sentence to the Hook

Writing Hooks and Topic Sentences

Topic Idea List

Stump the Expert Game

Transitions List for Opinion Piece/Persuasive Essays

Cats are Ideal Pets (Essay Example)

Opinion Piece/Persuasive Essay Group Project

Essay Outline Organizer

“Or” T-chart Practice

Kid vs. Adult T-chart Practice

Changing School T-chart Practice

Inside and Outside T-chart Practice

School Uniform T-Chart Practice

In My Opinion…”Best”

In My Opinion…”Worst”

Student Writing Checklist

3 Different Essay Writing Pages


One of the things I really like about this unit is that it is scaffolded really well. The detailed teacher notes explain exactly how to lead your students through the opinion piece process and which order to teach each lesson.

The other thing that I think is awesome is that there is so much variety included in this packet. Not only are there handouts and worksheets, but there is a fun homework assignment where students find an advertisement at home and determine which persuasive strategy was used, there is a group project, a game and even task cards!

I adore task cards and think they are a fun way to add some variety into your classroom. You can use them one on one, in literacy centers, as a whole class teaching moment or my favorite method, which is to place them around the room and have kids use their student record sheets to record their answers as they complete cards. You can do this as a Scoot game of course or as an untimed version of the game.

I love to teach opinion piece/persuasive essay writing. It’s an interactive, fun set of lessons for me, and I hope you’ll feel the same!

If you like this writing packet, you might want to check out some other writing packets:

Complete Paragraph Writing Bundle

Paragraph Color Coding and Writing

Topic Sentences Paragraph Writing

Transitions in Writing

Conclusion Sentences

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