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This Opinion Writing Organizer is perfect for a modeled lesson on writing an opinion essay using the RAPS format. (Restate, Answer, Prove it, Sum it up) It has a place for adding transition words, using text talkers ("according to the text" , "the text said...") , text evidence and explaining the evidence.
Choose any opinion prompt to go with a text or an article and students can begin writing.
I have used this with questions from a novel as well as articles from Scholastic News or ReadWorks. My third graders were highly successful using this format!