9 - Writing a Series of Paragraphs Expressing an Opinion


Lesson 1:
Opinion vs. Fact

Have you ever tried to convince a friend to see a movie you loved? Or argued with someone over your favourite band? Or tried to convince a teacher to extend the deadline on an assignment? If you’ve done these things, you’ve already been expressing your opinion.


On the literacy test, you will be asked a question and you will have to take a side and defend your point of view. In the past, test questions have included:

  • Should students be required to participate in extra-curricular activities?
  • Should parents limit their children's access to video games?
  • Should school cafeterias be allowed to sell junk food?


Usually, these questions have something to do with teenagers and don’t require any special knowledge.


What these questions do require though is an opinion. The first thing we need to review is recognizing the difference between stating an opinion versus stating a fact.


A fact is something that is true about a subject and can be tested or proven.


For example, “Uniforms are mandatory in all Catholic High Schools.” (This can be verified.)


An opinion is what someone thinks about that subject.


For example, “Uniforms help improve school spirit.” (This is a belief…the writer needs to convince us to agree with his or her opinion.)



Activity Section


Go to the following online activity to try your hand at distinguishing between facts and opinions: http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/palmasola/rcfo1.htm


Still not comfortable with the difference between fact and opinion?
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Now move on to 9.2 The First Step to Writing Opinion Paragraphs