Opinion writing is a major emphasis of the Common Core Standards. How can we help our students with this genre of writing? By providing them with good models. Here are 12 opinion pieces on the best kinds of candy (4 on chocolate, 4 on lollipops, and 4 on gumdrops). Each set has 4 levels of writing (1, 2, 3 and 4). These models show children in an explicit manner what constitutes an effective opinion piece. Also included is a blank sheet of writing paper so your students can practice independently. These writing samples make outstanding anchor charts and/or rubrics in the classroom! Please note: They are intended to look like “kid” writing and drawing!