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Opinion Writing and Opinion Reading - Should Cursive be Taught in School?

Laura Torres
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Grade Levels
5th - 7th
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22 pages
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Laura Torres
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Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument.

Cursive Writing - Should Cursive be Taught in School?

This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether kids should learn cursive writing in school. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Reading level is advanced fifth grade through seventh grade. 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

Included in the packet:

Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con

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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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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