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 six essays (three levels on why artificial trees are the best, and three levels on why real trees are the best), an opinion writing checklist, a handout on word choice/transition words for opinion pieces, and two different opinion writing graphic organizers.