Great persuasive writing lesson activity! Use this in a mini lesson, as a center activity, or as small group reteaching activity. Students have 4 opinion statements and they have to sort the supporting sentences that match with each opinion. There are 3 supportive reasons and 1 refuting reason for each opinion statement. Students then use the worksheet page to sort which of the reasons are supporting the opinion and which sentence is refuting the opinion.
I also would use this as an informal assessment before students actually start writing their own persuasive arguments.