ELA-02 Targeted Standards
(W) Strand: Writing
Cluster: Text Types and Purposes.

ELA-02.W.01 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify my opinion on a topic or book
  • I can identify linking words

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can give reasons that support my opinion
  • I can link my opinions and reasons with connecting words

Product Targets

  • I can write an opinion piece with an introduction, supporting reasons, and a concluding statement/section

Rubric/Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity

Student is able to:

  • Clearly writes an opinion on the topic
  • Provides a strong concluding statement
  • Provides additional reasons that support the opinion
  • Links opinion and reasons using words and phrases (because, therefore, since, for example)
  • Creates an organizational structure that lists reasons
The student may write about the same topics, but the writing style is advanced according to the indicators for a Level 4.
  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.

“The Standard.” Student is able to :

  • Use an opening to introduce the topic
  • Provide a concluding statement or section
  • State an opinion on the topic
  • Uses at least 3 reasons that support the opinion
  • Connects the opinion and reasons with linking words (because, and, so)
The student writes an opinion piece on whether dogs or cats make better pets.
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.

The student:

  • Use either an opening to introduce the topic or provides a concluding statement or section
  • Partially state an  opinion on the topic, but it unclear and must be inferred by the reader
  • Use only 1 or 2 reasons to support opinion
  • Connect opinion and reasons using few linking words
See Level 3 for example of task.
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 content.

The student:

  • Has no introduction to the topic or closing
  • The opinion on the topic is unclear
  • Has no reasons to support the opinion
  • Has no linking words to link the opinion and reasons
See Level 3 for example of task.
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill is demonstrated.




  • Opinion
  • Structure
  • Opening
  • Closing
  • Linking Words
  • Reason
  • Support


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