I have several activities where I want students to state an opinion and then collect evidence that supports their opinion from the texts they read. I started with The Series of Unfortunate Events with the statement Count Olaf is evil.
Later I created this graphic organizer shown below. To save copy paper, I can use plastic protectors, or teach students to create this organizer on notebook paper. Next students can use what they have recorded in paragraph form.
To download Collecting Evidence organizer shown above, please click here.