OPINION/PERSUASIVE WRITING INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK
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OPINION WRITING: INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK 
Scaffold the structural components of an Opinion Essay with this comprehensive pack of interactive notebook templates, posters, anchor charts, graphic organizers and an editable flipbook. 

FOCUS OF SCAFFOLDED LESSONS: 
* Lesson activities feature the sample text, ‘Fast Food’.
→ The Introduction: hook, opinion, thesis statement

→ Five types of hooks: a strong statement, a scene, a rhetorical question, a definition, and a quotation. 

→ The Body Paragraphs: topic sentence (reason), supporting details, concluding sentence

→ The Conclusion: summary statement, re-statement of reasons, call to action

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SUPPLEMENTARY RESOURCES 
⇒ Graphic organizers on the introduction, body and conclusion (can be used with other topics).

⇒ 6 Opinion Writing Prompt cards (color and blackline).

⇒ Self-editing checklist

⇒ Peer-editing checklist

⇒ Teacher Marking Rubric

⇒ Lined sheets 

⇒ Flipbook (editable) to scaffold structure (maybe used as draft for editing and revising).

⇒ Posters/Anchor charts on the parts of an Opinion Essay and persuasive language.

⇒ Links to four interesting topics for students to gain content knowledge prior to writing their own opinion essays.

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Brief Overview of Nature of Work: The Introduction, Body and Conclusion
THE INTRODUCTION: 
♦ Students will read the sample text on fast food (colored posters) and note the parts of the Introduction. They will also read the sample texts for the five different ways to begin an opinion essay: a strong statement, a scene, a rhetorical question, a definition, and a quotation. 

♦ Students will color-code the parts of the introduction in the five sample texts (interactive notebook templates).

♦ Students will then practice writing the five ways of beginning an introduction. They will use a graphic organizer to plan their thesis (interactive notebook templates).

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THE BODY: 
♦ Students will read the sample text on fast food (colored posters) and note the parts of the body: a topic sentence encompassing the reason, supporting details and a concluding sentence.

♦ Students will color-code the parts of the body in the sample text (interactive notebook templates).

♦ Students will then practice writing the first body paragraph. They will use a graphic organizer to plan their writing (interactive notebook templates).

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THE CONCLUSION 
♦ Students will read the sample conclusion on fast food (colored poster) and note the parts of the conclusion: a summary statement, re-statement of reasons, call to action.

♦Students will color-code the parts of the conclusion in the sample text (interactive notebook template).

♦ Students will then practice writing the conclusion. They will use a graphic organizer to plan their writing (interactive notebook templates).

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All interactive notebook templates are easy and straightforward to set up and do not involve much cutting. Most templates involve gluing at the left tab. Recording templates are included for all cover templates, although you may choose to have students record in their notebooks and section accordingly.

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APPLICATION: 
♦ Now that students are familiar with the structural components of an opinion essay and have had practice with writing the introduction, body, and conclusion, they will access the provided links on four interesting topics to apply their skill of writing persuasively. 

♦ Provide students with the Opinion Writing Prompt Cards, where they have a choice of six topics to write on.

♦ Students use the graphic organizers or the (editable) flipbook to plan writing out the structural components on the essay prompt.

♦ Students use the provided checklists to self-edit and peer edit.

♦ Students hand in their published writing piece for grading based on the criteria provided in the Teacher Marking Rubric.

Once you have taught students the style and structure of an Opinion Essay, the job is half done. 

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