Opinion Writing & Reading DIGITAL Should Animals be in Zoos? Distance Learning

Laura Torres
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Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument.

Should animals be kept in zoos?

This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether animals should be kept in zoos. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file.

Watch this short video for a more thorough preview of the unit:

Video: How to use Opinion Reading and Writing Units in Your Classroom

Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions.

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Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?

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Google Drive Student Instructions

Microsoft One Drive Instructions

Teacher file with all pages including answer keys

Student file with all applicable pages

Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con

The reading level is fifth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words.

Three vocabulary sheets

One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context.

A pro and con chart for group work

A “My Opinion” worksheet

This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions.

Bonus pages:

If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included:

An outline template

Essay assignment sheet

Grading Rubrics

CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics

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