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100th Day of School Opinion Writing Step-by-Step (Would You Rather)

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Would you rather have 100 alligators or 100 arctic foxes? If you need an engaging way to teach opinion writing, look no further than this step-by-step unit!

Perfect for elementary teachers and homeschoolers alike, this LOW PREP resource covers the five steps of opinion writing—research and brainstormingreasons and examplesintroduction and conclusiondraft, edit, and revise; and final draft—using a cross-curricular approach and 100th day of school theme.

Each day's lesson addresses one step. Differentiated graphic organizers—primary linesregular lines, and no lines—are included to match the student's handwriting skill level.


  • 100th day of school celebration
  • Animals unit study
  • Writing lessons or centers
  • Science class
  • ...or just for fun!


  • Teacher instructions
  • Topic cards (28 in color and 28 in B&W; 378 unique combinations of the animals)
  • Mix and match research report pages
  • Differentiated opinion writing graphic organizers (3 levels)
  • Step-by-step opinion writing instructions and checklists
  • Sentences starters and transitions
  • BONUS DOWNLOAD: Anchor charts, writing rubrics, and helpful bookmarks


  • Each student picks or is assigned 2 topics from the cards to research (individually or in small groups)
  • Select one of the included writing prompts or use the blank one to create your own
  • Starting with research and brainstorming, students complete one opinion writing step each day
  • Students present their final draft—orally or using the included graphic organizers—in response to the assigned writing prompt
Help your students become expert opinion writers! Whether you're looking for an introduction to opinion writing or an assessment of prior knowledge, this resource has something for everyone. 


  • Alligator
  • Arctic fox
  • Armadillo
  • Bison
  • Blue heron
  • Camel
  • Capybara
  • Cheetah
  • Chinchilla
  • Clownfish
  • Dolphin
  • Elephant
  • Jellyfish
  • Meerkat
  • Ostrich
  • Otter
  • Panda
  • Polar bear
  • Prairie dog
  • Puffin
  • Rattlesnake
  • Reindeer
  • Rhino
  • Sloth
  • Snapping turtle
  • Starfish
  • Tiger
  • Toucan


  • Art (drawing and coloring)
  • English language arts
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Science
  • Spelling
  • Writing
You will get a PDF (15MB) file

Terms of Use: This product is licensed for personal or classroom use ONLY, unless multiple licenses are purchased. Commercial use is not allowed. Refunds: All sales are final and non-refundable due to the immediate access to digital products.

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