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Writing an opinion essay in response to "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the text, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by Beatrix Potter. Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an opinion essay that takes a stand on whether or not Peter Rabbit will ever return to Mr. McGregor's garden.

Lessons

  • Introduce a text in an opinion essay

    In this lesson you will learn how to introduce the text by writing one or two sentences to summarize the text.

  • Provide evidence to support reasons

    In this lesson you will learn how to give evidence that supports your reasons by looking for details in the text and filling in your graphic organizer.

  • Write a concluding statement to support your opinion

    In this lesson you will learn how to write a concluding statement by reviewing your organizer and determining how your ideas support your opinion.

  • Draft an opinion essay using a graphic organizer as a guide

    In this lesson you will learn how to use your completed graphic organizer to write a draft by turning your ideas into complete sentences.

  • Use linking words and phrases to connect ideas in an opinion essay

    In this lesson you will learn how to use linking words and phrases to connect your opinion and reasons by rereading your draft and adding linking words and phrases.

  • Revise an opinion essay by rereading a draft

    In this lesson you will learn how to revise your opinion essay by rereading your draft and asking, “How can I make my opinion stronger?”

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