Opinion writing with mentor texts: engaging nonfiction passages

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This is a set of highly engaging nonfiction passages that are perfect for teaching and practicing opinion writing. These days students are expected to write opinion essays that are based on ideas and information from articles they read beforehand. The problem is finding quality articles that discuss important issues in student-friendly language are hard to come by. That is why I wrote these passages myself. I made sure to write about topics that are both entertaining and important. You will find an article about a "poop bus" as well as an article about the drought in California in here!

These articles are also a perfect tool for practicing opinion writing before state testing. They contain real-life experts' quotes and a ton of academic words. The layout of these passages resembles the layout of the articles on the state testing. They are divided into paragraphs and contain a glossary section with the academic/unknown words. What is more, I also included opinion writing prompts based on these articles.

This unit consists of three sets of articles:
set 1: three articles about innovative school programs
set 2: three articles about inventions that make the world a better place
set 3: two articles about pros and cons of giving kids an allowance

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Opinion writing with mentor texts: engaging nonfiction passages
Opinion writing with mentor texts: engaging nonfiction passages
Opinion writing with mentor texts: engaging nonfiction passages
Opinion writing with mentor texts: engaging nonfiction passages
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