My students love this opinion writing graphic organizer! It is a student friendly resource that guides students through the process of 1. brainstorming and developing an opinion (claim/thesis) 2. developing reasons to support the opinion and 3. developing examples to support each reason.
The organizer is color coded to help visual learners process the necessary parts of the essay. The colors also help teachers immediately assess the opinion, reasons, and examples written by students.
Yellow=Opinion (claim or thesis)
Red=Linking statement (statement that links example and reason to the thesis)