Writing Opinion Essays leads your students step by step through creating an essay that expresses an opinion and supports it with strong reasons. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new skills in persuading and building arguments. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students warm up their thinking by evaluating different opinions and reasons to determine which are strong and which are weak. Then they read a sample opinion paragraph and essay and write in response to them. Afterward, they are ready to write their own opinion essays:
- Prewriting activities help students brainstorm topic ideas, develop an opinion, gather details about the opinion, and select reasons to support the opinion.
- Writing activities help students write a beginning that grabs the reader's interest and leads to the opinion statement. Students develop middle paragraphs that provide reasons to support the opinion along with factual details that elaborate the reasons. They create ending paragraphs that revisit the opinion.
- Revising activities help students make concessions, use transitions, get a peer review, and use a checklist to revise.
- Editing activities help students use commas with introductory words and ensure subject-verb agreement. An editing checklist helps students check for common errors.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their opinion essays and reflect on their learning.