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

Laura Torres
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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Opinion Reading Comprehension and Opinion Writing.

This packet 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.

No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan.

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

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


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Included in the packet:

Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con

Each is one page long. The reading level is advanced fourth 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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22 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).


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