Ms. Bondra's 5th Grade Class

Opinion Essay

What do you really feel strongly about? An opinion essay tells what a writer feels or thinks about a topic! You will have the opportunity to share your feelings about a topic that means a lot to you!

The guidelines for your essay are:

* Introduce your topic and main supporting details in the introduction paragraph. Hook your audience in the opening.
* Each supporting paragraph should include a strong reason with examples. Each supporting paragraph should relate to the main idea.
*There are no unnecessary details in the story.
*The concluding paragraph sums up the important points!
*Write so it sounds like you!
*The essay should include a title page.
*It should be double spaced!
*The graphic organizer, rough draft, and final draft must be turned in together on the final due date.

Opinion Essay Rubric

Your story will be based on a 1 to 10 grading scale (1=poor 10=excellent)

It will be graded on the following elements:
_____ Organization
Does the writer clearly state an opinion on a specific topic? Does the opening paragraph introduce the main idea? Does the concluding sentence sum up the main points?

_____ Ideas
Do the ideas in the essay make sense? Does the writer provide strong reasons to support thier opinion? Is the essay free of unnecessary details?

_____ Word Choice
Did the writer use new and interesting words? Can the reader tell what the words mean? Did the writer use details and dialogue to describe the characters, setting and events?

_____ Sentence Fluency
Do the sentences begin in different ways? Did the writer use some long and short sentences? Does the paper sound smooth when you listen to it?

_____ Voice
Did the writer think about how they wanted the reader to feel when they read the story? Does the story sound like the writer?

_____ Conventions
Did the writer use correct punctuation and spelling? Is the handwriting neat and easy to read?

_____ Requirements
Is there a title page? Is the story double spaced? Did the writer hand in the graphic organizer, rough draft and final draft on the due date?
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