Opinion Writing - Writing a Persuasive Business Letter (Google Classroom)

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5th - 8th
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In this engaging 10-day Opinion Writing Unit students write a business letter about a school issue. Writing as a concerned student, students will write a letter to their principal (that they do not necessarily need to send to him/her) based on their opinions. The unit begins with building background on opinion writing. Then, students practice how to differentiate between fact and opinion before completing an opinion and support match-up. Next, students select a school issue to write about. They can select from a list of issues or they can complete a guide to create their own. Then, students progress through every phase of the writing process as they develop their arguments, find research-based support for their opinions, and craft an engaging business letter. This resource also includes an opinion writing prompt or task, opinion writing graphic organizers and a writing rubric. It's absolutely turn-key!

In their letters students will include their stance on an issue, their opinions, reasons for their opinions, research-based support, and even a counter-argument. Their letters will include several critical elements of opinion writing including an engaging hook, compelling voice, strong word choice, transition words, and a call to action. Their final writing pieces are dynamic and interesting business letters that demonstrate their understanding of opinion-writing, conducting research, and supporting their arguments.

Digital Version Included - This resource includes a traditional PDF version of the student writing packet, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means that this resource is ready for Google Classroom! The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packet and the grading rubric included with this resource.

In this unit, students will:

  • Understand and implement the distinctive techniques for opinion writing and why they should use them
  • Consider the audience to whom they want to communicate their opinion
  • Determine how to choose a position and take a stand on an issue.
  • Clearly support their position with research and details
  • Develop a strong, clear, claim or position statement especially focused on their opinion
  • Write a business letter based on logical reasons, supported by fact-based research
  • Write arguments and support claims
  • Use valid reasoning and relevant evidence to support opinions
  • Produce clear and coherent writing
  • Develop and strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing their work
  • Conduct a short research project

Learning Standards:

  • Writing: W.1, W.4, W.5, W.7, W.10
  • Speaking and Listening: SL.1, SL.4
  • Language: L.1, L.2, L.3

This detailed Opinion Writing unit includes:

  • Unit Plan Overview
  • Extremely detailed daily lesson plans (10)
  • Student Packet:
  • --- Opinion Writing Guided Notes
  • --- Fact vs. Opinion Task Card Activity
  • --- Opinion Business Letters Listening Guide
  • --- Sample Opinion Writing Business Letter
  • --- Critical Components Opinion Writing Analysis
  • --- Opinion and Support Match-Up Mini-Lesson
  • --- Planning – Generating Topic Ideas
  • --- Planning – Seeing Both Sides
  • --- Planning - Take a Stand
  • --- Planning – Learning More – Research Collection Cards
  • --- Planning – Putting it all Together
  • --- Writing – Business Letter Format
  • --- Writing – First Draft Guide
  • --- Revising – Engaging Hook
  • --- Revising – Word Choice
  • --- Revising – Writing a Counter-Argument
  • --- Revising – Voice
  • --- Revising – Strong Conclusion
  • --- Revising – Checklist
  • --- Editing – Checklist
  • --- Editing - Checklist
  • Opinion Writing Rubric
  • 20 Fact and Opinion Cards for Mini-Lesson
  • Instructional Answer Keys
  • Sample Responses for pre-writing and revising (14)

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Total Pages
68 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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