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Writing an Opinion Essay

Once you finish prewriting, you are ready to create the first draft of your essay. These writing activities will help you create a strong beginning, middle, and ending for your opinion essay. You'll also read examples from another student's essay to see how each part works.

Writing the Beginning Paragraph

The beginning paragraph of an opinion essay is very important. It should introduce the topic, get the reader’s attention, and state your opinion. To get the reader’s attention, you can ask questions, make a dramatic statement or two, or share important information.

Review a sample and write your beginning.

Read this beginning paragraph and then write your own. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

Dramatic Statements It is expensive and dangerous. It doesn’t always work in cold weather, and it pollutes. Would anyone possibly want such a thing? The answer is yes. Topic Named People in the United States and around the world all want their own cars. Opinion Statement People can’t wait to drive them, even though they do cause problems.

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