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.
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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.
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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