Class 5-316 & 5-318 as well as the rest of the 5th graders, are finishing up their latest writing unit: The Research-Based Argument Essay. Students chose an issue they were interested in: (Should sharks be protected? Do video games cause violence? Should animals be in zoos? Are extreme sports worth the risk?) Then they researched each side (PRO & CON) and then took a stance on the issue. Once they decided which side they were on the students wrote an opinion essay on their issue. It was a wonderful unit and the students were engaged and enjoyed discussing their issues with each other.