As we dive deeper in to the common core I have learned that my students are struggling with how to express themselves in their writing. I decided to help them a little by providing sentence starters to fluently express their opinions. I also wanted them to elaborate their ideas and not sound like they were writing a laundry list. My students added these pages to their writing notebooks to help them get started or refer to when they have writer's block.
In my opinion, they have helped them with some of the obstacles they faced and allowed them more time to develop their opinions. I am sharing this in hopes that it will help your students and you!
Thanks for your positive feedback and support!