Opinion Essay Research Websites

Would you choose to be lost at sea in a rubber raft with a flare gun or to be stuck on a deserted island? Why? Use evidence from your research to support your answer.


  1. Read the articles you were provided. Use a highlighter, if you’d like, to highlight important facts.
  2. You may record your information in a Google Doc on your computer. Make sure to record the name of the website, so you can use it in your writing! These are in green below.
  3. Make a T-chart in your ELA notebook in the Writing Journal section.

Lost at Sea Websites

How to Survive at Seahttp://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survive-at-sea1.htm

Ultimate Survival Guidehttp://www.cnn.com/2013/04/11/sport/ultimate-survival-guide/index.html

Three Tips for Survival at Seahttp://www.boats.com/how-to/three-tips-for-survival-at-sea/#.WcETksh94dU

Lost at Sea Survival Trickshttp://www.popsci.com/article/technology/lost-sea-survive-these-tricks

Deserted Island Website

Wilderness Survivalhttp://www.wilderness-survival.net/danger-1.php

Survive Nature: http://www.survivenature.com/island.php

How to Survive a Desert Islandhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/How-to-survive-on-a-desert-island/

Know, Prepare, Survivehttps://knowpreparesurvive.com/survival/stranded-how-to-survive-on-a-deserted-island/

Video/Picture Inferencing Reading Center

  • Click on each video and fill in the three categories on your sheet: Background Knowledge (What do you already know?), Video Clues (what’s happening in the video clip), and Inference.
  • Make sure each inference begins with either “I think…”, “I infer…”, or “Perhaps”.
  • Punctuation and Capitalization will be graded! 🙂

Video 1: What inference can you make about Merida (the red-headed girl)? https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=125IAf4IBmY

Video 2: What inference can you make about the man with blonde hair? https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=a7arGFUT0uU

Video 3: What inference can you make about the kind of person Maui (the man) is? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79DijItQXMM

Picture 4: Look at the picture below. What can you infer about the lollipop?

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