Students love looking around little investigated corners for new ideas,
debating the opposite of status quo assumptions and chasing innovative ideas.
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Students often express curiosity about how opposing views literally change and grow brains
! That’s why they enjoy crafting opposing view essays – once they learn the adventure of creating them.
Updated to include new brain facts! Your upper grade students will find here all they need to write
, peer edit and revise an opposing view essay. This material includes, for instance:
Overview guide to support opposite views
Sample thesis statement with opposite views
Write thesis statement for your essay
Sample outline with opposing views
Writing your essay outline
Show points, counterpoints and shared points
Rubric criteria and essay writing guidelines
Body paragraphs with opposing views
Topic sentences to keep your essay on track
Connecting introduction, conclusion and details
Could music add focus as you write
Personal revision checklist
Peer review form
Opposing view essay topic list
Common core standards addressed
32 Task cards to explore opposing views
Which side of your brain helped you?
How opposing views literally change your brain
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In this Opposing View Essay Kit - students will …
~ discuss points and counterpoints
~ select an essay topic with an opposing view
~ research opposing views for their topic
~ brainstorm essay ideas with graphic organizers
~ write a clear thesis statement
~ draft an outline to organize opposing views
~ write and edit a research essay
~ exchange and receive peer edits
~ discover left brain, right brain tasks and
~ listen to music for increased focus
Common Core Standards Include
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
1. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
2. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
3. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
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