This resource is intended to give you and your students a format for writing opinion and persuasive essays.
I have used this packet with my 5th grade class and had much success as it helps establish a step-by-step system for students to gather ideas, form an opinion, write a 1-5 paragraph essay (depending on the teacher's requirements), and it includes prompts for editing and revising their final paper. A sample piece of writing is included to model for students what good writing looks and sounds like. This helps the teacher when walking students through the opinion writing process for the first few times.
By the time my class got to the end of the year CCSS test, they were confident and unfazed by the opinion writing portion of the performance task!