Opinion Reading and Writing - Are Shorter School Days a Good Idea?

Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument.
Are shorter school days a good idea?

This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether shortening the school day is a good idea. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Lexile-levels advanced fourth grade through basic seventh grade. Answer keys included.

No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan.


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Included in the packet:

Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con
The reading level is advanced fourth grade through basic seventh grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words.

Three vocabulary sheets
One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context.

A pro and con chart for group work

A “My Opinion” worksheet
This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions.

Bonus pages:
If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included:

An outline template

Essay assignment sheet

Grading Rubrics

CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics

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