The fifth graders of Sara Allen’s class began their opinion writing and decided they wanted to add another element. They decided to turn their writing into a debate involving a variety of topics. 

Students partnered up and began researching different opinion-based topics. After multiple tries, students finally found topics that they had the opposite opinion about. Once the topic was chosen, they began to research their topic, finding reasons to back up their opinion. 

Students followed the Step-up to Writing process for opinion writing and created their essay, which reflected their side of the debate. After each set of partners debated their topic in front of the class, a vote was held, declaring one side the winner. All students were respectful toward each other during each debate, and graciously shook the hands of each winner.