Persuasive Opinion Writing Prompts - CER Writing - Writing Centers

Grade Levels
3rd - 8th
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I was so thrilled with the level of student engagement and writing product this activity produced! Use these student-friendly prompts as a way for students to learn how to take a stance and develop their opinion/persuasive writing abilities... they will certainly have an opinion about the prompts! Each prompt is given a specific audience that the student is trying to persuade. Also included are "FOR" and "AGAINST" cards. These can be used to assign opinion, show opinions during whole class discussion, or in a debate-structured activity.

These can easily be turned into a great CER (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning) writing activity. With my students, I used it as an introduction to the basic format of stating a claim, finding evidence to support their claim, and then producing the reasoning based off those two things.


- 9 writing prompt task cards

- 3 sets of "FOR" and "AGAINST" cards

- Options in both color and a "printer-friendly" version

I'd love to hear what this looked like in your classroom.

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22 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.
Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


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