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Lesson 35: Writing the first draft of an opinion essay

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Students continue the writing process to answer the prompt: Is a rabbit a good animal to play the role of a trickster?

Additional Materials:

  • Lapin Plays Possum Text Access Document

  • Cajun Assessment Overview Document

  • Culminating writing task directions

  • Culminating writing task rubric

  • Culminating writing task - student exemplar

  • Prewriting graphic organizer - blank

  • Prewriting graphic organizer - teacher reference

  • Loose-leaf paper for first draft

Additional Notes:

  • There are two versions of the culminating writing task directions available. The first version (page 1) is similar to what students might encounter on an assessment. The second version (page 2) provides scaffolding for students who may need additional support. Teachers should select the version to use.
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