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Opinion Writing

This lesson contains a text-based opinion prompt. The prompt, text, SBAC rubric for 3-5 opinion writing as well as graphic organizers are provided for you here.

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse

A very proud town mouse pays a visits to his country cousin.  The country mouse offers the city mouse a simple  meal . The city mouse doesn't think very much of the meager meal and invites  the cousin  to visit the city and enjoy a fine dinner fit for a king. Country mouse joins city mouse for their fancy dinner but their dinner is interupted by rude and unwanted guests. This send the cousins scurrying to safety. " After this, the country mouse decides to return home, preferring security to opulence or, as the 13th-century preacher Odo of Cheriton phrased it, "I'd rather gnaw a bean than be gnawed by continual fear".

The country Mouse and the City Mouse, Wikipedia.org website Retrieved 04/08//15, from


Image: Aesops Fables (1912), illustrated by Arthur Rackham.Retrieved 04/08//15,from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Town_Mouse_and_the_Country_Mouse

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse

Students will be able to:

  • Vompare and contrast two works of art and form an opinion about which they prefer siting their evidence based on the images as well as story of Country Mouse and City Mouse/
  • 1.2 Describe how artists use tints and shades in painting.
  • 1.3 Identify and describe how foreground, middle ground, and background are used to create the illusion of space.
  • 1.4 Compare and contrast two works of art made by the use of different art tools and media (e.g., watercolor, tempera, computer)

Writing Prompt

You are going to read Aesop’s Fable, “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse,” and view two works of art; “Rainbow,” by Grandma Moses, and “The Theater,” by Palmer Hayden. You will form your opinion about which character from the fable you’d rather be, telling why you’d want to live in the city or the country. Use details from the text and art works to support your opinion, and cite your sources. When completed share your writing with your friends.

 Remember to:

*  Write an introduction

*  Use specific evidence from the texts to

    support your opinion and explains 

      your thinking

*  Site your sources and share your evidence

*  Organize your ideas so that they are easy to      follow

*  Group ideas in paragraphs

*  Use linking words, phrases, and clauses to       connect information and clarify the

     relationships between ideas

*  Write a conclusion

*  Write in complete sentences and use correct


"The Theater" By Palmer Hayden
The Rainbow By Grandma Moses

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

After or before reading The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, view the two images of the city and the country side.


Draw a picture of the city in the first box and of the countryside in the second box after viewing “Theater,” by Palmer Hayden and “Rainbow,” by Grandma Moses.

                                                                                        City                                  Countryside






List the things you see in the city and in the countryside

Things that the city has

Things that the countryside has











 Mark your prompt


I use Literacy TA's directions for Analzying Writing Prompts. I f you don't have an account it is worth the money to get one.  Go to LiteracyTA.com for complete directions and student presentation.


Step 1..Identrify the Verbs in the promt.

Step 2. Underline your tasks

Step 3. Number your verbs

Step 4. Box your audience



Create an Opinion Writing Plan

Closing: Essential Question: How did the  art help us understand the different  places? How does artpreserve aspects of life?

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