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Writing Framework LibGuide Grade 5: Project Based Writing-Descriptive/Opinion

Grade Level Expectations

Create a restaurant – name, cuisine, theme, etc.

Develop an artistic and creative menu using a variety of specific adjectives to describe the menu options.

  • Sixteen total menu items (appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, desserts)

Write an opinion essay from the perspective of a food critic.


  • Adjectives
  • Word Choice



  • Include a variety of strong adjectives to describe menu items


Opinion Essay:

  • Understand fact vs. opinion
  • Formulating personal opinion/ thesis statement
  • Use supporting details to validate your opinion
  • Focus on voice and word choice

Teacher Resources

Sample menus

Sample restaurant reviews

Instructional Resources

Why we must run with scissors (Barry Lane)

Launching the Writing Workshop, Units of Study for 3-5 ( Lucy Calkins)

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide (Fletcher and Portalupi)

Mentor Texts (L. Dorfman and R. Cappelli)

Study Driven (Katie Wood Ray)

The No Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing (Davis and Hill)