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February 27, 2014
Semi-Colon Review
Semi-colons are used to connect two similar ideas; the sentences on both sides are about the same thing.
Opinion Paper/Persuasive Writing
Begins with an attention-grabber/strong lead
Focused on ONE topic/issue
Be strong in your stance!
Choose one side and stick with it
Be clear and provide information so your reader understands (sometimes includes evidence)
Clear, powerful language (Active verbs! Word choice!)
No cliches
Ends by restating the opinion and offering a call-to-action
Why should your audience care?
Once they care, what should they
Opinion pieces
: Located at the beginning of a paper; last line of the introduction paragraph. States the author's topic and hints toward a position on the topic. Also called a "thesis."

Located at the end of a paper; in the last few sentences of the conclusion paragraph. Suggests what action readers should take after reading about a topic.
The very first sentence in a piece. Ignites the reader's interest
Can be in the form of a question, a quote, or an interesting/bold statement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'"
35 deaths in the United States were caused solely by sinkholes in the year 2013.
What if all the pens in the world disappeared?
Come up with 2 sentences of your
If you need a topic to write about:
Harry Potter
Lion King
Bell Ringer 2-27-2014
If someone were to write an article about you after you passed away, what things would they highlight in your life? What would they choose to tell the world about you?

You may choose things that have already happened; otherwise you can look ahead and dream of what they'd say you did/say about you :)

You may list in bullet points, write the article that the reporter would write, or talk about the article as if you had already passed away and were now reading the article.
Freewrite on your chosen topic!
Looking at your Focused Freewrite and your 3x3 phrases from yesterday, try to list out 3 different, strong points about why your subject is awesome, why you hate it, etc.

Lift a Line
pair share

In the front of your Writer's Notebooks, label an entry "Opinion Freewrite."
Underneath the heading, write the word or phrase your topic is about
Opinion Freewrite 2-27-14
For the next 5-ish minutes, freewrite ONLY about your topic. This is called a Focused Freewrite.
Really put some effort into this! We'll be using them in a few minutes! Try to think of some good points, or description/explanation ,or comparisons, etc.
In groups:
I'll give you a topic
You need to come up with the best attention-grabber possible!
Question, quote, bold/interesting statement
You have 5 minutes!
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