Lesson 10 - Opinion Writing


Explain the pros and cons surrounding the use of nuclear power.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Energy Sources: The Pros and Cons by David L. Dreier  pp. 18 – 23

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What are the pros and cons surrounding the use of nuclear power? What reasons and evidence does the author include? 

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Key Questions


  • How do nuclear power plants work? Why?

  • According to the author, what are the pros and cons of nuclear power plants?

  • Why are scientists researching other ways to generate energy? What potential sources have they found?

  • Why does the author include the graphs on page 21? What point do the graphs support?

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.4.3 — Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • RI.4.8 — Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

  • SL.4.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • W.4.1 — Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

  • W.4.9 — Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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