9 - Writing a Series of Paragraphs Expressing an Opinion

 

Lesson 2:
The First Step

The instructions for the Opinion Paragraph Task on the OSSLT looks like this:

 

Task

Write a series of paragraphs (a minimum of three) expressing an opinion on the topic below.  Develop your main idea with supporting details (proof, facts, examples, etc).

Purpose and audience

An adult who is interested in finding out your opinion.

Topic

Should the voting age in elections be reduced to sixteen years of age?

Length

The lined space provided for your work indicates the approximate length of the writing expected.

 

The first thing you will need to do is to look to the question under ďTopicĒ Ė which is, in this example, ďShould the voting age in elections be reduced to sixteen years of age?Ē

 

Your answer should, of course, be stated as an opinion.

 

For example:

  • The voting age in elections should not be reduced to sixteen years of age.
    OR

  • The voting age in elections should be reduced to sixteen years of age.†

 

But before you even begin writing, you should brainstorm both sides of the argument.

 

Why?

This will save you time in the end because you will:

  • Generate ideas, and
  • get a sense of both sides of the argument
    Öso that you can...
  • better decide which argument you want to present.

 

 

 

Activity Section

The best way to brainstorm your ideas is to create a table of pros and cons based on the Topic you see above.  You can do this using a pen and paper or open a word-processing program.  Create a topic statement for each (hint: use words from the question).  Your table should look like this:

 

Yes:  The voting age should be lowered to sixteen years of age.

No:  The voting age should not be lowered to sixteen years of age.

 

  • Use bullet points to write down your ideas
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Fill out the table.  Try to include at least three points for each side. 

How did you do?

Yes:  The voting age should be lowered to sixteen years of age. No:  The voting age should not be lowered to sixteen years of age.
  • It will make students more aware of whatís happening in the world.
  • Most students study civics in school; they know enough to make a smart choice.
  • Getting into the habit of voting will make it a lifelong event.
  • Decisions made by politicians affect young people, so they should have a say.
  • Students donít pay enough attention to the news to make a smart choice.
  • They donít appreciate the importance of their choice.
  • Will vote how their parents tell them
  • May treat voting as a joke.
  • Donít pay taxes so they donít get a say

Once you have finished brainstorming the pros and cons, you are ready to choose a side and create a series of opinion paragraphs.

 

 

 

 

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