Opinion Writing Unit FREE sample lessons

Opinion Writing Unit FREE sample lessons
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Opinion writing is the focus of this complete Common Core unit. The first four lessons are included in this 30 page sample.

The unit guides students through the writing of a five paragraph essay with many handouts, graphic organizers, and PowerPoint slides. In each lesson, the step of the writing process is introduced and explained thoroughly with an interactive and engaging PowerPoint mini-lesson. There are then corresponding handouts that allow students to practice and graphic organizers that guide them through the writing of their essay. Throughout the unit, there are many examples and models. A writing checklist is also included for students to check off each step of the drafting process as they go.

Lessons: (See preview file for more detailed overview of each with thumbnails!)

Opinion Writing Lesson 1: INTRODUCTION

Students explore the meaning of an opinion and opinion writing. They write and discuss where opinion writing can be found in everyday life and learn about some of the many purposes of opinion writing.

Opinion Writing Lesson 2: PARTS OF AN OPINION ESSAY

Students learn about the three parts of a five-paragraph opinion essay: the introduction, body and conclusion. They then practice identifying each part by analyzing two model texts on opposite sides of whether Google is making us less intelligent. Finally, students are asked to write a paragraph explaining their own stance on this topic.

Opinion Writing Lesson 3: CHOOSING A TOPIC

Students learn what makes an effective topic for an opinion essay, and how they can each choose a good topic. They use the brainstorming sheet to narrow down their topic ideas to a single choice.


Students will learn how to compose their thesis statement. A graphic organizer is included.

Opinion Writing Lesson 5: WRITING A HOOK

Students are taught four ways to effectively “hook” the reader into their essay. They then use the graphic organizer to draft two of these types, and choose the best one.

Opinion Writing Lesson 6: WRITING BODY PARAGRAPHS

Students learn the format of a body paragraph and how to write their own. There is a practice handout with a model text and one graphic organizer for each body paragraph.


Students are taught how to write a conclusion paragraph. They use the provided example and graphic organizer to compose their own.

Opinion Writing Lesson 8: EDITING AND REVISING

Students are taught the importance of editing and revising. They go through the process with a self editing checklist and then a peer editing sheet.

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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