Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument.
Should fidget spinners be allowed in the classroom?
This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether fidget spinners should be allowed in the classroom. Some say they are a distracting toy; others argue they can help many students concentrate. Let students read about both sides and craft their own arguments. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Lexile-levels advanced fifth grade through seventh grade. Answer keys included.
No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan.
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Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Fidget Spinners Be Allowed in the Classroom?
Included in the packet:
Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con
The reading level is advanced fourth grade through basic seventh 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.
If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included:
An outline template
Essay assignment sheet
CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics
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