Opinion Essay-Should School Start Earlier
by Charles Johnson
| 4 Questions
1 pt
Which idea from the first passage explains why students would do a better job with homework if school started later?
A “School should start later in the morning.”
B “. . . students would be more interested in their classes.”
C “. . . they wouldn’t be as tired at night.”
D “Let half the students come at the normal time.”
1 pt
Which statement from “Don’t Change!” BEST supports the opinion that starting later is NOT a good thing?
A “Some students would probably like the idea.”
B “There might be little money left. . . .”
C “. . . the school day would be shorter.”
D “There is an old saying that is very wise.”
1 pt
With which sentence would the authors of BOTH articles agree?
A Most students become bored with doing their homework.
B What is good for students is the most important thing.
C Homework is more important than sports activities.
D Getting up early is the best thing for all students.
1 pt
Now that you have read “School Starts Too Early” and “Don’t Change!” and answered some questions about what you have read, create a plan for and write your opinion piece.

Before you write, be sure to:
• Think about ideas, facts, definitions, details, and other information and examples you want to use. • Think about how you will introduce your topic and what the main topic will be for each paragraph. • Develop your ideas clearly and use your own words, except when quoting directly from the passages. • Be sure to identify the passages by title or number when using details or facts directly from the passages.

Now write your opinion piece. Be sure to:
• Introduce your opinion. • Support your opinion with reasons and details from the passages. • Give your reasons and details in a clear order. • Use words, phrases, and clauses to connect your ideas. • Have a strong conclusion that supports your opinion. • Check your work for correct usage, grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

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