Children learn to write by looking at “mentors” or models. These pieces serve as great mentor texts for kids in grades 4, 5, and 6. The Common Core Standards place special emphasis on opinion/argument writing, so these essays will help your students become better at writing in this genre. These essays can serve as a springboard for a discussion on what constitutes good opinion/argument writing. Included are four essays, a checklist, an answer key, and suggestions for how to use these essays in the classroom.