An opinion essay
Learn how to write an opinion essay.
Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.
Information will soon be so easy to find on the internet that people will not need to remember anything. Do you agree?
Nowadays all the information we could ever need is available online and some people say that means the end of having to learn anything.
It is true that these days everything you want to know is a few clicks away as long as you have internet access. However, not everyone has working internet all the time, for example in certain buildings or remote locations, so we do need to be able to remember information. Moreover, it takes time to look up everything you need to know online, whereas remembering something is immediate. The human memory is a much more efficient system.
Another problem is the quality of the information online. How do we know if it is accurate or reliable? We need to think about other facts we know and remember how to compare information from different websites. Knowing (and remembering) how to find certain information will be more important than knowing the information itself.
Finally, the internet is a good tool but it is not a useful replacement for our brains. If we did not remember anything, we would all spend even more time on our phones and computers than we already do, which is not good for society.
In conclusion, the internet offers us many things but it is still important to use our knowledge and memories. We need our memories to function without the internet and we also need to know how to use the internet properly.
- Read the question carefully. Respond to all ideas in it or all parts of it.
- Plan your ideas first and then choose the best ones.
- Introduce your essay by restating the question in your own words.
- Show understanding of both sides of the argument.
- Use linking words to connect your ideas.
- Draw your conclusion from the main ideas in your essay. Don't introduce new ideas at the end.
What do you think about the question? Would it be better or worse if we never learned anything and just used the internet instead?
I think the use of the internet is not only in conflict with learning, but It has made the speed of learning faster and more comfortable.
On the one hand, With the advent of the internet and access to data whenever we want, we were able to free our minds from memorizing a lot of unnecessary data. It caused that instead of spending our time to remember the formulas and data, we use our time for a deeper understanding of the concepts. Concentration on understanding was a big step in order to make us more clear about how to apply scientific concepts practically, and It made the evolutionary process of turning scientific concepts into experimental tests go faster. Going through this evolutionary process quickly, in turn, caused, firstly, the faster growth of modern technologies and, secondly, the creation of many new data, concepts, and sciences. And now the data volume is so much that not only you can never remember or learn them, but you have to choose the best one that works for you. Somehow, the internet has changed how to learn. It has focused on analyzing the options and choosing the best one to learn Instead of memorizing a bunch of content.
On the other hand, Theoretically speaking, One of the laws In the world is that everything can be useful or harmful in turn. This law also applies to the internet. In fact, how to use the internet determines whether it is useful or harmful. Like many other tools that have been invented such as smartphones, smartwatches, electric cars, and so on we have spent time learning how to use them. In order to get the best out of the internet and don't waste our time, we must take the time to learn how to search. The searching skill is the most important one that helps us find better results.
In conclusion, Given the two analyzed reasons above, I agree with the idea that easy access to Information makes people get rid of memorizing lots of data. But this has nothing to do with the quality or quantity of learning.
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I think it depends on the type of information. Some information are easier to remember, and hence it's more efficient to have them in memory instead of looking for them online. However, some complex information is offered online, and it will be impractical if we tried to remember it. Additionally, I believe that learning is not just about acquiring knowledge. It's about learning how to think with this knowledge available and solve problems efficiently. That's why the internet is considered a valuable tool to promote learning, not to replace it.
Nowadays we are witnesses how far technology has developed in a short time. A huge of information is backing up on internet and if you have access of surfing you can find any information that you are looking for. However, there are some relevant aspects that should be taking into account when we are talking about using always internet instead of learning. In this sense, the purpose of this essay will be to explain why it is not a good idea. Firstly, as you know, most of the information on internet is fake. For that reason, it is impossible the learning process can be replaced by internet use. If you are looking for reliable information you have to learn how it works. In other words you need of learning even if you want to use internet all the time because you have to discern what of all information is useful for you purpose. For example, if you are a student and want to write an essay about a specific topic you likely have to search for the best information if you want to get a job position or scholarship. Secondly, there is a high demand for professionals who have specific skills in the field that they are pretending to be involved. That’s why learning always is a must for satisfying the requirements of companies and institutions. For instance, in the education field, the main aim is the learning and knowledge which are essential on a daily life to be an expert in your field of action and these skills can’t be acquired through internet surfing. To sum up learning and knowledge are fundamentals in a current world that is demanding professionals highly qualified even in our daily live and the internet is far away of satisfying the required skills that you get every day through the practice, research and networking.
I think it become worse and dangerous for our society, we need to control it making rules. Without internet, many skills and knowledge could´nt be used.
I believe that, The internet become even more dangerous for young people who barely discovered the world around them, If they count on it for seeking information without parental supervision, it would be a disaster!
In nowadays,there are many ways to reach information.The Internet is just one of them but maybe most promising one.The Internet helps us to find information easily and efficently.
However there are some negative sides of Internet.For instance realibilty of information.There are no real control on Internet.I reckon there will not be soon.This reduces the trust in internet.This is why People will always need another source to be make sure and need to remember information.
It is also necesseray for objectivity. You can not just have one source and expect true and impartial information. It is against nature of science.This is not how science works.People must have and process the information.In this way we expand our knowledge.When we make brainstorm we always end up with another information. If we don’t have and process the information how Science works?
I suppose in the future People will never trust completely to Internet. They will always need another source and they will need to interrogate source of information.In conclusion Internet is by far most promising invention People have ever invented.However Internet is not beyond our brain and imagination.We will always need to posses and process the information.
It is about my hometown: My hometown is a beautiful, attractive and cool. N'beika is one of the most famous places in Mauritania where attractive views and economic capacities are in. It is located in Tagant which is in middle of the map. Therefore, It is one the biggest cities in the country. As there are interesting geographical features such as: high Mountains, nice valleys, light hills and wonderful pools. Historically, N'beika played an important role in culture, trade exchange and fighting colonialist. Also it has saved historical landmarks, for example: manuscripts, books and cities which the most important is Gasr Albarka. In the north, there have tourist views and in the East big mountains with lovely valleys like Matmata where there are some Alligators in and other attractive animals. As well as from the south and the west there are some fields, forests and farms. Moreover, people are interested in agriculture, trade, development and education. Furthermore, there are many schools and Mahidras and three colleges providing well-deserved education to students. What's more, mall shops is offering demands and created jobs for unemployment. There are different favourite for people , some of them are crazy about football as youth, and some people like doing agriculture and development. Moreover, there are entrepreneurs doing a small business like selling clothes, pitch, barbershop... etc. In conclusion, N'beika is a gift of Allah that has given to people to spend nice moments in order to feel happy and to invest for everything we want due to gain lots of money .
I believe it is amazing updated technology which has helped us a lot in our lives. In todays era everyone has access to internet over the globe. you can easily find all the information on internet that is required to you. Even though learn many new skills which aren't even taught you from the help of internet. it is good help for book writer like us where we can be part of book writing communities or book writing resources to enhance our skills and provides more guidance to others.
It would be unfortunate if we never learned anything at all. It is true that the Internet has become such a vital part of our social lives, and has made information accessible. However, Relying on the Internet all the time may hinders our growth as a person whereas, using our memory to remember things and recalled information can widen our horizons, broaden our perspective and harness our skills. Learning is a lifelong process that enables us to function effectively and brings out our full potentials.
Without learning the internet would not exit. There needs to be learning to develop skills and knowledge.
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How to Plan & Write IELTS Opinion Essays
IELTS opinion essays, also known as ‘agree or disagree’ essays, come up frequently in the writing exam. In this lesson, I’m going to show you how to plan and write them step-by-step.
Here’s what we’ll be covering:
- 3 Common mistakes
- Essay structure
- How to plan
- How to write an introduction
- How to write main body paragraphs
- How to write a conclusion
Click the links to see lessons on each of these Task 2 essay writing topics.
Once you understand the process, practice on past questions. Take your time at first and gradually speed up until you can plan and write an essay of at least 250 words in the 40 minutes allowed in the exam.
The first part of the question for an IELTS opinion essay will be a statement. You will then be asked to give your own opinion about the statement. Here is some typical wording that might be used:
- What is your opinion?
- Do you agree or disagree?
- To what extent do you agree or disagree?
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Here's a question from a past test paper.
A big salary is much more important than job satisfaction.
Do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
I’ll be using this question to guide you through the process of planning and writing an IELTS opinion essay.
3 Common Mistakes
These three errors are common in IELTS opinion essays.
- Not stating an opinion.
- Giving arguments for both views.
- Not supporting your opinion with clear reasons.
The most common mistake that students make is not giving an opinion. The question will clearly state that you must choose one side of the argument. If you fail to do this, you will get a low score for task achievement.
It doesn’t matter which side of the argument you take or even, that you agree with it. Choose the one you can develop the best argument for.
Make sure that you don’t change your opinion part way through the essay, and don’t give reasons for the opposing view.
Now let’s look at a simple structure you can use to write opinion essays. It’s not the only possible structure but it’s the one I recommend because it’s easy to learn and will enable you to quickly plan and write a high-level essay.
- Paraphrase the question
- Give your opinion
- State two supporting reasons
2) Main body paragraph 1
- Topic sentence – outline 1st reason for supporting this view
- Explanation – explain this idea
- Example – give an example or expand the idea
3) Main body paragraph 2
- Topic sentence – outline 2nd reason for supporting this view
- Example – give an example or expand the idea
- Summarise opinion and key reasons
This structure will give us a well-balanced essay with 4 paragraphs.
We now need some ideas to add into the structure and we’ll have everything we need for our essay.
How To Plan IELTS Opinion Essays
# 1 decide on your opinion.
The question I've chosen to work on is quite straightforward and easy to understand so we don’t need to spend time analysing it. The first task, then, is to decide on our opinion.
Here’s the question again:
A big salary is much more important than job satisfaction.
Do you agree or disagree?
For this essay, I’m going to disagree with the statement and argue that job satisfaction is more important than a big salary.
# 2 Generate ideas
The second task is to generate some ideas to write about.
Since I‘m going to argue that job satisfaction is more important than a large salary, I need ideas to support this view.
There are several different ways to think up ideas. I cover them fully on the IELTS Essay Planning page.
With this particular question, I immediately thought of a couple of examples of situations where job satisfaction did prove to be more important than a high salary, so I’m going to use the ‘example method’ of generating ideas.
Once you’ve thought of an example or two, ideas to include in your essay should come to you easily.
You might want to try this yourself before reading on for my ideas.
Here are my examples and some ideas they generated.
Both the examples are partly true but I've adapted them to better fit the essay. It's fine to do this as the examiner won't check your facts.
- Uncle Barry – boasted about high salary but hated his job. Nervous breakdown – lost job & can’t work.
- Me – gave up teaching. Now enjoy my work and am much more relaxed and happy even though I earn much less money.
- High-salary jobs are generally more stressful
- Stress leads to ill health, both mental and physical
- 40 hours a week at work – a third of the day
- Money doesn’t bring happiness
- Better quality of life
- Sense of fulfilment
- Less stressed – healthier and happier
I’ve got more ideas here than I need so I’m going to pick two to develop in the essay – one for each of the main body paragraphs.
Idea 1 – High-salary jobs are generally more stressful and can lead to ill health.
Idea 2 – Job satisfaction gives a sense of fulfilment.
We’re almost ready to start writing our IELTS opinion essay but first, we have one other small task to do.
# 3 Vocabulary
In an IELTS essay, it’s important to be able to say the same things in different ways, either by paraphrasing and/or using synonyms. During the planning stage, quickly jot down a few synonyms of key words you could use to save you having to stop and think of the right language while you’re writing.
satisfaction – fulfilment, achievement, sense of accomplishment, content, sense of well-being
salary – income, wages, pay, earnings
important – significant, valued, has more meaning
job – work, employment, position
With that done, we can focus on the first paragraph of the essay – the introduction.
How To Write an Introduction
A good introduction has a simple 3 part structure:
1) Paraphrased question
2) Thesis statement
3) outline statement.
An introduction should:
- Have 2-3 sentences
- Be 40-60 words long
- Take 5 minutes to write
1) Paraphrase the question
Start your introduction by paraphrasing the question.
Question: A big salary is much more important than job satisfaction.
Do you agree or disagree?
It is argued that earning lots of money has more significance to people than being content in their work.
Note that I’ve used some of the synonyms I listed, although it’s fine to repeat one or two words if you need to. Above all, your language must sound natural.
In IELTS opinion essays, the thesis statement is where you state your opinion. For example,
This essay totally disagrees with that statement.
That’s all you need to say.
If you decided to agree with the statement, you would write:
'This essay completely agrees with that statement.'
Finally in the introduction, you must outline the two main points (ideas 1 and 2 above) that you’ll cover in the rest of the essay. Do it in one sentence, or you can add them onto the end of the thesis statement if appropriate.
Outl ine statement:
I believe that people are increasingly concerned about the risk of stress-related ill-health frequently experienced by people in highly paid positions and they care more about feeling fulfilled at work.
So, let’s bring the three elements of our introduction together.
This introduction achieves three important functions:
- It shows the examiner that you understand the question.
- It acts as a guide to the examiner as to what your essay is about.
- It also helps to keep you focused and on track as you write.
The two ideas in your introduction will become your two main body paragraphs.
Main body paragraph 1 – concerns about the risk of stress-related ill-health
Main body paragraph 2 – a sense of fulfilment at work
How To Write Main Body Paragraphs
The structure of a good main body paragraph has 3 parts:
- Topic sentence
If you can’t think of an example, you can add further supporting ideas but we already have our two examples so that’s not an issue here.
A common problem when writing main body paragraphs for IELTS opinion essays is having too many ideas. Again, we have already chosen the two ideas we are going to develop, so we are all set to start writing.
You can see how important the planning stage is and how it makes the actual writing of the essay far quicker and easier.
Main Body Paragraph 1
The topic sentence summarises the main idea of the paragraph. That’s all it needs to do so it doesn’t have to be complicated.
It plays an important role in ensuring that your ideas flow logically from one to another. It does this by acting as a signpost for what is to come next, that is, what the paragraph will be about.
If you maintain a clear development of ideas throughout your essay, you will get high marks for task achievement and cohesion and coherence.
We’ll now take the idea for our first main body paragraph and create our topic sentence.
Main idea 1 – concerns about the risk of stress-related ill-health
Employees earning a large income are generally under significant mental and emotional pressure to perform well and achieve targets.
Next, we must write an explanation sentence . This explains to the examiner what we mean. It expands on our first idea.
This causes many individuals to suffer high levels of stress which can result in both mental and physical health problems.
Finally, we add an example to support our main point. I thought of this in the planning stage so I have it ready to use.
If you can’t think of a real example, it’s fine to make one up, as long as it’s believable. The examiner isn’t going to check your facts.
This happened to my uncle. He used to boast about his huge salary but the boss kept increasing his sales targets and in the end, the stress became too great and he had a nervous breakdown. Now he regrets being driven by the money.
That’s the 3 parts of our first main body paragraph complete. Here’s the finished paragraph.
We now follow the same process for our second main body paragraph.
Main Body Paragraph 2
Main idea 2 – Job satisfaction gives a sense of fulfilment.
First, we write the topic sentence to summarise the main idea.
Having a job that they enjoy doing, and in which they feel valued, is a major concern for most of the modern workforce.
Now for the explanation sentence to explain this idea.
A significant number of people are giving up well-paid positions to do jobs which pay less but that they find more enjoyable and less stressful.
Finally, an example to support our main point. As before, I thought of this in the planning stage so just need to form it into a couple of sentences.
I am an example of this myself. A year ago I left the teaching profession because the workload had become too great and I am now a gardener. I feel really fulfilled in this work and I am much more relaxed and happy even though I earn far less money.
That’s the 3 parts of our second main body paragraph complete. Here’s the finished paragraph.
Now we need a conclusion and our IELTS opinion essay is done.
How To Write a Conclusion
Conclusions to IELTS opinion essays should do two things:
- Summarise the main points
- State your opinion
This can generally be done in a single sentence.
If you are below the minimum 250 words after you’ve written your conclusion, you can add an additional prediction or recommendation statement.
Our essay currently has 233 words so we’re on target and don’t need this extra sentence but you can learn more about how to write a prediction or recommendation statement for IELTS opinion essays on the Task 2 Conclusions page.
The conclusion is the easiest sentence in the essay to write but one of the most important.
A good conclusion will:
- Neatly end the essay
- Link all your ideas together
- Sum up your argument or opinion
- Answer the question
If you achieve this, you’ll improve your score for both task achievement and cohesion and coherence which together make up 50% of the overall marks. Without a conclusion, you’ll score below band 6 for task achievement.
You can start almost any final paragraph of an IELTS opinion essay with the words:
- In conclusion
- To conclude
Now all you need to do is briefly summarise the main ideas into one sentence.
Here’s a top tip . Go back and read the introduction to the essay because this is also a summary of the essay. It outlines what you are going to write about.
To create a great conclusion, you simply have to paraphrase the introduction. Let’s give it a go.
Here is the same information formed into a conclusion:
That’s it. We’ve completed our essay. Here it is with the 4 paragraphs put together.
A big salary is much more important than job satisfaction.
Do you agree or disagree?
Finished IELTS opinion essay.
Go through this lesson as many times as you need to in order to fully understand it and put in lots of practice writing IELTS opinion essays from past exam questions. Practice is the only way to improve your skills.
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Writing an opinion essay
When you write an opinion essay, you must say what you think about a topic and try to convince the reader of your point of view on that topic. To do that, you should first introduce the topic and state your opinion. Then, you should give three reasons that support your view, and finally, you should write a conclusion where you summarise your arguments and repeat your opinion using different words.
Plan your ideas
The first thing you need to do is decide whether you agree with the question or statement and then make a list of two or three reasons that support your opinion, including some facts and/or examples. Here is an example:
Opinion: I disagree.
- Fact 1: their careers usually end in their 30’s.
- Fact 2: sometimes, they are even shorter because of injuries.
- Fact 1: Constantly followed by journalists and fans.
- Fact 2: Now, everyone uses their phones to take photos and publish them.
Organise your text
An opinion essay has three parts:
- Arguments or reasons that support your view.
Introduction. Paragraph 1
Introduce the topic and give your opinion. Say whether you agree or disagree with the statement or question. It can be a good idea to use a question to grab the reader’s attention. Check the two examples below:
Nowadays, top sportspeople, such as football players or basketball players, have huge salaries, and this promotes a lot of debate. However, I don’t think they earn too much. In my opinion, their salaries are fair.
How often have you heard a friend or a colleague complain about the excessive salaries of professional sports players? But do they really earn too much? I don’t think they earn too much. I truly believe their salaries are fair.
Arguments. Paragraph 2
Give the first argument to support your opinion. Include at least two facts or examples to show that your reason makes sense. Check this example:
Firstly, Despite all the money professional sports players earn every year, they work for only a few years – they usually retire when they are in their thirties. In addition, many of them have to retire earlier because they get injured and have to stop playing.
Arguments. Paragraph 3
Give more reasons and again provide examples, facts or supporting ideas. For example:
Secondly, sports stars are celebrities, and all celebrities lose their privacy. Journalists, paparazzi and fans follow them everywhere, and they want to get pictures or talk to them all the time. Moreover, now anyone can take photos with their mobile phone and publish them at any moment on their social media accounts.
Conclusion. Paragraph 4
Summarise your ideas and repeat your opinion.
To sum up, I believe top professional sports players have the salaries they deserve because their careers are short and because during those years, their personal lives are affected by their popularity.
Sequencing your text.
Use connectors to sequence and structure your ideas:
- Firstly/First of all, …
- Secondly/Thirdly, …
- Finally, …
Adding more points or ideas
Use connectors to introduce additional ideas:
- In addition, …
- Moreover, …
Giving your opinion
Expressions you can use to say what you think:
- In my opinion, …
- In my view, …
- I think/feel that …
- I (truly) believe that …
- I am convinced that …
- I agree that …
- I disagree with/about …
Use connectors to introduce examples:
- For example, …
- For instance, …
Expressing contrast, purpose and reason
You may also need or want to use some connectors of contrast, purpose and reason .
- Contrast: although, however, despite, etc.
- Purpose: to, in order to, so that, etc.
- Reason: because (of), since, due to, etc.
Introducing your conclusion
Use connectors to introduce the conclusion:
- In conclusion, …
- To sum up, …
Opinion Writing: a Guide to Writing a Successful Essay Easily
An opinion essay requires students to write their thoughts regarding a subject matter. Relevant examples and explanations back their point of view. Before starting an opinion paper, it is important to study the definition, topics, requirements, and structure. Referring to examples is also highly useful. Perhaps you need help with our admission essay writing service ? Take a look at this guide from our dissertation writing service to learn how to write an opinion essay like an expert.
What Is an Opinion Essay
A common question among students is: ‘What is an Opinion Essay?' It is an assignment that contains questions that allow students to share their point-of-view on a subject matter. Students should express their thoughts precisely while providing opinions on the issue related to the field within reasonable logic. Some opinion essays type require references to back the writer's claims.
Opinion writing involves using a student's personal point-of-view, which is segregated into a point. It is backed by examples and explanations. The paper addresses the audience directly by stating ‘Dear Readers' or the equivalent. The introduction involves a reference to a speech, book, or play. This is normally followed by a rhetorical question like ‘is the pope Catholic?' or something along those lines.
What Kind of Student Faces an Opinion Essay
Non-native English-speaking students enrolled in the International English Language Testing System by the British Council & Cambridge Assessment English are tasked with learning how to write the opinion essays. This can be high-school or college students. It is designed to enhance the level of English among students. It enables them to express their thoughts and opinions while writing good opinion essay in English.
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What Are the Requirements of an Opinion Essay?
Avoid Going Off-Topic: Always write an opinion essay within relevance to answer the assigned question. This is also known as ‘beating around the bush' and should not be included in any opinion paragraph as it may lower your grade.
Indent the First Paragraph: With most academic papers, opinion writing is not different. Therefore, it contains the rule of indenting the first line of the introduction.
A Well-Thought Thesis: The full thesis statement is a brief description of the opinion essay. It determines the rest of the paper. Include all the information that you wish to include in the body paragraphs
The Use of Formal Languages: Although it is okay to write informally, keep a wide range of professional and formal words. This includes: ‘Furthermore,' ‘As Stated By,' ‘However', & ‘Thus'.
Avoid Internet Slang: In the opinion paper, avoid writing using slang words. Don'tDon't include words like ‘LOL', ‘OMG', ‘LMAO', etc.
The Use of First Person Language (Optional): For the reason of providing personal thought, it is acceptable to write your personal opinion essay in the first person.
Avoid Informal Punctuation: Although the requirements allow custom essay for the first-person language, they do not permit informal punctuation. This includes dashes, exclamation marks, and emojis.
Avoid Including Contradictions: Always make sure all spelling and grammar is correct.
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Opinion Essay Topics
Before learning about the structure, choosing from a wide range of opinion essay topics is important. Picking an essay theme is something that can be done very simply. Choosing an excellent opinion essay topic that you are interested in or have a passion for is advisable. Otherwise, you may find the writing process boring. This also ensures that your paper will be both effective and well-written.
- Do sports differ from ordinary board games?
- Is using animals in circus performances immoral?
- Why should we be honest with our peers?
- Should all humans be entitled to a 4-day workweek?
- Should all humans become vegetarians?
- Does a CEO earn too much?
- Should teens be barred from having sleepovers?
- Should everyone vote for their leader?
- The Pros & Cons of Day-Light Saving Hours.
- What are the most energy-efficient and safest cars of X year?
Opinion Essay Structure
When it comes to opinion paragraphs, students may struggle with the opinion essay format. The standard five-paragraph-essay structure usually works well for opinion essays. Figuring out what one is supposed to include in each section may be difficult for beginners. This is why following the opinion essay structure is something all beginners should do, for their own revision before writing the entire essay.
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Opinion essay introduction
- Address the audience directly, and state the subject matter.
- Reference a speech, poem, book, or play.
- Include the author's name and date of publication in brackets.
- 1 or 2 sentences to make up a short description.
- 1 or 2 summarizing sentences of the entire paper.
- 1 sentence that links to the first body paragraph.
Body Paragraph 1
- Supporting arguments
- A linking sentence to the second body paragraph.
Body Paragraph 2
- Supporting argument
- A linking sentence to the third body paragraph.
Body Paragraph 3
- A linking sentence to the conclusion.
- Summary of the entire paper
- A conclusive sentence (the bigger picture in conclusion)
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Opinion Essay Examples
Do you need something for reference? Reading opinion essay examples can expand your knowledge of this style of writing, as you get to see exactly how this form of an essay is written. Take a look at our samples to get an insight into this form of academic writing.
Over the past, American popular culture has been strong in creating racial stereotypes. Images displayed through television, music, and the internet have an impact on how individuals behave and what individuals believe. People find their identities and belief systems from popular culture. Evidently, I believe that American pop culture has created racial stereotypes that predominantly affect other ethnic minorities. Analyzing the history of America reveals that African Americans have always had a problem defining themselves as Americans ever since the era of slavery. AfricanAmericans have always had a hard time being integrated into American culture. The result is that African Americans have been subjected to ridicule and shame. American pop culture has compounded the problem by enhancing the negative stereotypes ofAfrican American. In theatre, film, and music, African Americans have been associated with vices such as murder, theft, and violence.
The family systems theory has a significant revelation on family relations. I firmly agree that to understand a particular family or a member, they should be around other family members. The emotional connection among different family members may create functional or dysfunctional coexistence, which is not easy to identify when an individual is further from the other members. Taking an example of the extended family, the relationship between the mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law may be tense, but once they are outside the family, they can pretend to have a good relationship. Therefore, I agree with the theory that the existing emotional attachment and developed culture in the family is distinctively understood when the family is together.
Opinion writing is a form of academic paper that asks students to include their thoughts on a particular topic. This is then backed by a logical explanation and examples. Becoming more knowledgeable is a practical way to successfully learn how to write an opinion paper. Before writing anything, it is essential to refer to important information. That includes the definition, topics, opinion writing examples, and requirements. This is what turns amateur writers into master writers.
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Doesn’t the title itself already encourage you to start writing straight away? Just kidding! I guess you need a stronger push than just a title. Well, I can provide this little push in the form of real examples of my students’ essays after following all these 5 steps. Just skip to Step 4 if you don’t believe me and bear in mind when you read their essays, they are B1 (intermediate) students.
Step 1. The d ifference between an opinion essay and a persuasive essay.
Opinion essay: in an opinion essay the writer states his opinion and supports it with facts, evidence and examples but he doesn’t try to convince the reader.
Persuasive essay: in a persuasive essay the writer tries to convince the reader to agree with his opinion. The author uses logic and facts, definitions and examples in order to persuade the reader to share his point of view.
Step 2. Top tips for writing an opinion essay
1 Basic do’s when writing an opinion essay
- Introduce each paragraph with a topic sentence, outlining the main ideas.
- Do not write about advantages or disadvantages or points for or against.
- Write in formal style.
2. Basic don’ts when writing an opinion essay
- Don’t use colloquial expressions.
- Don’t use short forms.
- Don’t use emotive vocabulary.
3. Decide whether you agree or disagree with the title. Try to think of at least two or three good reasons to support your opinion, including examples of why you think the alternative point of view is wrong.
4. Organise your essay into clear paragraphs.
- Introduction: Introduce the topic and give your opinion. Say whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
- Body: 2 or 3 paragraphs. For each paragraph give a reason to support your opinion.
- Conclusion: Summarize your ideas and repeat your opinion using different words.
5. There is a process to writing. Try to follow it. It will help you a lot
Step 3. Useful expressions and linkers
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Step 4. Examples of opinion essays written by B1 students
Step 5. 22 opinion essays to choose from.
Your turn! Choose from one of the options and write an opinion essay.
Plan your content and organise it in four or five paragraphs (introduction, reasons and conclusion).
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Cristina, I would like to know if “To conclude with,” would be a correct connector to introduce the last paragraph in an opinion essay. I’ve never seen it listed in a linkers list and I’ve never seen it used in the models provided by books. Thanks!
Thank you for sharing this! It helps a lot.
Thanls, Eloise for your comment. I’ll try to add some in the near future.
could you add opening sentance ideas to the web?
This was really helpful thank you!
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How to Write an Opinion Essay in 6 Steps
Should students be required to do homework? The answer might seem obvious to you, but sit with it for a minute. If yes, why? If no, why not? Thinking through your answer to questions like this can form the basis of an opinion essay , an essay written to express and defend an opinion. Give your writing extra polish Grammarly helps you communicate confidently Write with Grammarly
What is an opinion essay?
An opinion essay is where a writer shares a clearly formed opinion backed by research, logic, and anecdotal evidence. The purpose of an opinion essay is to clearly articulate a position, often in response to a question. It’s a writer’s way of demonstrating both what they think and why they think it.
Being able to express an opinion well is an important skill to have in the world. For example, being on social media exposes you to a wide array of opinions, so it’s good to be able to recognize which opinions are backed up with substantial evidence and which ones aren’t.
You will also find opinion essays in the Op-Ed sections of newspapers. The most famous op-eds, like those printed in the New York Times , are read by millions of readers and can have a serious impact on the way that people think.
How is an opinion essay different from other essays?
Opinion essays are only one type of essay that you might be assigned. Different essay types have different goals. Opinion essays are great for sharing an opinion, while persuasive essays are useful for convincing the reader that an opinion is correct. Argumentative essays also demonstrate why something is correct, but they do not rely on emotions as much as persuasive essays do. Expository essays explain the reasons why something is a certain way without taking a side.
Opinion essay: States an opinion and backs it up with facts
Argumentative essay: States a fact and backs it up with more facts
Persuasive essay: States a fact or opinion and tries to convince the reader to agree using facts and emotions
Expository essay: Explains a subject by laying out all of the evidence connected to it
How to structure an opinion essay
If this is your first time writing an opinion essay, a good way to start is by using the five-paragraph essay structure .
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Capture your reader’s attention with a good hook. Present the prompt and state your opinion.
Some tips for a good opinion essay hook:
- Use a surprising statistic.
- Profess an unpopular opinion.
- Ask a rhetorical question.
- Share an anecdote .
Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4: Body
Use facts and anecdotes to explain why you hold your opinion. Make sure you use credible sources! It’s not enough to just say what you think; you should also explain what evidence led you to that opinion.
You can also use these paragraphs to work through any counterarguments or alternative points of view that you might encounter. Addressing those in the body of your essay will strengthen your argument and help you clarify why you believe something to be true.
Paragraph 5: Conclusion
Draw a logical arrow through the body paragraphs and point it at your opinion. The conclusion is a place to remind the reader of your evidence and make your point.
What to include in an opinion essay
A clear opinion (thesis): Your opinion is your thesis. Forming your opinion might happen quickly in response to the prompt, or it might be something that you’ve been mulling over for a long time. Either way, your opinion should be clear from the start of the essay.
Novelty: A good opinion essay adds something to the discourse. Maybe your opinion doesn’t align with the mainstream. Or, if your opinion is generally agreed upon, you could find some interesting new research that supports it.
Semiformal tone: It’s easy to drift into a casual, conversational tone in opinion essays because you’re writing about a personal topic. Keeping a measured, semiformal tone that’s not too stiff or too casual will lend more credibility to your opinion.
What not to include in an opinion essay
“I think”: It’s true that technically an opinion essay is all about what you think. It’s OK to use this phrase to begin, but your essay will fall flat if you rely only on “I think” statements without providing external evidence for how or why you think those things.
Ambiguity: By the time you sit down to outline and write your essay, you should have a clear understanding of what you think and why you think it. It’s fine for your opinion to stretch over the course of your essay, but if you aren’t clear about your opinion at the beginning of the essay, you can’t expect your reader to have a clear understanding of your ideas after reading it.
Rambling: Stick to the subject. Again, because the material begins in your own head, it’s easy to get off track following your own wandering thoughts. If you need to, allow yourself to go off on those tangents, but just remember to go back and cut out any material that isn’t relevant to your thesis before you turn the essay in.
Write an opinion essay in 6 steps
1 brainstorm .
If you don’t have a prompt, this is where you will start brainstorming all of the topics you might want to write about. If you do have a prompt, then brainstorm all of the possible answers to it.
In this step you’ll form your opinion. As you form it, continue to ask yourself why. Why do you believe something to be true? Do you have data to support it? Have you heard similar stories from multiple sources? If something sounds true to you, but you’re not sure why, continue to investigate it using primary and secondary sources. If it’s a valid opinion, you will find the support somewhere.
This is also a time to research any counterarguments or alternative perspectives. Including these in your essay shows you have done your research thoroughly. However, make sure you are presenting them in a way that still supports your point.
Create an outline according to the five-paragraph essay structure mentioned above. Adjust the paragraph count according to the assignment you’re given and how much room you need to explain or support your opinion.
It’s finally time to write! Start with a rough draft and remember that it’s called rough for a reason. Write it all down. You’ll have time to clean it up and make it sound nice when you’re revising. If you don’t write anything down, you won’t have anything to revise. For opinion essays, include any quotes or research you’ve gathered and cite your sources.
Now is the time to revise , or clean it up. Make sure your essay flows logically; jumping from one topic to the next will disorient the reader. Check that all of your evidence supports your opinion. Listen to the way your essay sounds (literally, read it out loud to yourself). And triple-check that your opinion is crystal clear!
The proofreading stage is where you get granular. Make sure your words are spelled correctly and that your commas and periods are in their places. If you aren’t confident in your proofreading skills, you can use Grammarly to review the essay with you.
Opinion essay outline (example)
If you’re not sure what an opinion essay should look like, here is an example of an opinion essay outline using the five-paragraph essay structure.
Prompt: Should students be required to do homework?
Hook reader with a statistic about how much time the average student will spend on homework.
State the prompt: We accept homework as a natural part of our scholarly lives. But should we?
Thesis: I do not believe homework should be required of students because it widens inequality and damages students’ mental health.
Body paragraph 1
Homework widens the gap between socioeconomic classes because those with access to time and resources, like tutors, will do better on their homework and get higher grades in class.
Talk about the paper showing the gap in education investment between high- and low-income families.
Body paragraph 2
Homework creates extra stress in students’ lives and can have a negative effect on mental health.
Quote from Stanford study : “students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance and even alienation from society.”
Body paragraph 3
Counterargument: Some may argue for homework as a way of instilling discipline and persistence in students, regardless of how well a student performs on the assignment.
While that is true, students learn and demonstrate discipline and persistence simply in the act of getting up and going to school five days a week. Provide an anecdote about your morning routine and getting ready for school every day.
Restate opinion: I do not think that homework should be required of students.
The way that homework exacerbates inequality and harms mental health creates costs that far outweigh the benefits of homework.
Opinion essay FAQs
An opinion essay is an essay where the writer forms an opinion about a topic, often in the form of an answer to a question, and uses factual and anecdotal evidence to support that opinion.
What is the purpose of an opinion essay?
Opinion essays are used to clearly and informatively articulate a position. Sometimes these positions go against the grain and need extended explanation. Sometimes they are a fresh take on an already popular belief. The opinion essay allows a writer to form an opinion and demonstrate to their reader why they believe it to be true.
How is an opinion essay different from other kinds of essays?
Opinion essays are different from other types of essays because the thesis is based on the writer’s own opinion. Other essays, like argumentative, persuasive, and expository essays, require the thesis to be formed around an external fact, event, or argument.
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What Exactly is an Opinion Essay?
An opinion essay is a piece of writing that presents and defends an opinion or viewpoint on a particular topic. To make your argument convincing, you must back it up with facts, evidence, and logical reasoning.
What Makes an Opinion Essay Different from Other Types of Essays?
Opinion essays differ from other types of essays, such as argumentative or persuasive essays. It requires the writer to express their own opinion on a given topic.
Here's a table that compares the three types of essays:
How to Structure an Opinion Essay?
When crafting an opinion essay, itâs important to follow a specific essay structure. The basic opinion essay structure is as follows:
- Introduction: An opinion essay introduction should introduce the topic and provide a clear statement of the authorâs opinion. It should also include any background information necessary to understand the argument.
- Body Paragraphs: Each body paragraph should present a point or argument in favor of the writerâs opinion. It would be followed by evidence or examples to support it. Counter-arguments against the opinion can also be presented and discussed in this section. Although, they should not detract from the main points being made.
- Conclusion: The conclusion should summarize the main points and arguments made throughout the essay. Also, restate the authorâs opinion in a clear, concise way. It may also point out any potential implications of accepting or rejecting their viewpoint.
Struggling to write an opinion essay? Check out this video for some helpful pointers!
Opinion Essay Outline
An opinion essay is a formal piece of writing that presents an argument or point of view on a particular topic. An outline will help organize your thoughts and provide structure for your essay.
Here is an example of what an outline for a great essay might look like:
Here is another example for opinion essay ielts - structure:
By following this basic outline, you can ensure that your opinion essay will be well-structured and organized.
What to Include in an Opinion Essay
To craft a compelling opinion essay, it is important to include the following elements:
Logical Reasoning: Use logical reasoning to connect your evidence to your opinion. Clearly explain how the evidence supports your viewpoint and address any potential counterarguments. Ensure that your reasoning is clear, coherent, and easy for the reader to follow.
Personal Reflection: Share your personal experiences or observations that have influenced your opinion. This adds depth and authenticity to your essay and helps the reader understand the perspective from which you're approaching the topic.
Counter Arguments: Anticipate and address counterarguments to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the issue. Present counterarguments objectively and refute them with well-reasoned responses. This shows that you have considered alternative viewpoints and strengthens your position.
Clear Structure: Organize your essay with a clear introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Each paragraph should focus on a single point or supporting argument. Use topic sentences to introduce each paragraph and provide smooth transitions between ideas.
Use of Persuasive Techniques: Employ persuasive techniques such as rhetorical questions, analogies, or emotional appeals to engage and persuade your readers. However, be cautious not to rely solely on emotional appeals without logical reasoning.
Proper Citations: If you use external sources or references, ensure proper citations and adhere to the appropriate citation style (e.g., MLA, APA). This demonstrates integrity and strengthens the credibility of your essay.
What not To Include
While writing an opinion essay, it is important to be mindful of certain elements that should be avoided. Here are some things you should not include in an opinion essay:
Personal Bias: Avoid basing your arguments solely on personal beliefs or biases. Instead, support your opinion with objective evidence and logical reasoning.
Emotional Appeals without Reasoning: While it is acceptable to evoke emotions in your readers, do not rely solely on emotional appeals without providing solid reasoning and evidence. Emotions should supplement your arguments, not substitute for them.
Sweeping Generalizations: Avoid making broad generalizations without sufficient evidence or support. Ensure that your claims are backed by credible sources and specific examples.
Lack of Counterarguments: Failing to acknowledge or address opposing viewpoints weakens your essay. Engage with counterarguments and provide counter-evidence to demonstrate your ability to consider different perspectives.
Informal Language: Maintain a formal tone throughout your essay. Avoid slang, colloquialisms, or overly casual language. Use appropriate academic language and vocabulary.
How to Write an Opinion Essay?
Writing an opinion essay requires careful organization and evidence in order to make your point convincingly.
Here are the necessary steps to write an opinion essay:
Choose a Topic
The first step is to decide on a topic that appeals to you and that you can research easily. Make sure you are familiar with the subject matter. It would help you to write about it from an informed perspective.
Organize Your Thoughts
Before beginning to write, take some time to organize your thoughts and opinions on the topic. Jot down notes or draw diagrams to visualize how each of your points relates to the main argument.
Find Evidence to Support Your Point of View
After you have taken the time to organize your thoughts, it is important to find evidence that supports your opinion. Research reputable sources and collect quotes, facts, or other information relevant to each point you are making.
Write Essay Conclusion
End with a conclusion that summarizes your main points and reiterates your main argument. Give a final thought about your chosen topic. Keep in mind how it has impacted you and how it could be used to make a difference.
Be sure to reference the evidence that you have gathered throughout your essay as well.
Finally, proofread and edit your work for clarity and accuracy. Reviewing what you have written can help ensure that everything flows logically. Check grammar, punctuation, and spelling while youâre at it!
Do's and Don't of Writing an Opinion Essay
When it comes to writing an opinion essay, there are certain guidelines that should be followed.
Here are some essential doâs and donâts of writing an opinion essay:
- Evidence: In order to make a convincing argument, your essay should include evidence that supports your point of view.
- Relevant facts and statistics: Use facts and statistics from reliable sources to back up your arguments.
- Logical flow: Make sure the points you are making logically follow one another in a clear and cohesive manner.
- Counter-arguments: Address any counter-arguments against your opinion by providing evidence that disproves them.
- Clear conclusion: The conclusion should restate your opinion clearly. It summarizes the main points made throughout the essay.
- Unsupportive evidence: Make sure to avoid any irrelevant evidence in your essay that isnât valid. Do not make claims that you cannot back up with facts or examples.
- Unrelated information: Stick to the topic at hand and avoid introducing any irrelevant ideas or tangents into your essay.
- Too much opinion: Although an opinion essay is based on personal beliefs, it should still be supported by evidence-based arguments.
- Weak conclusion: Avoid summarizing the main points without restating your opinion or taking a stand on the issue you are discussing.
- Poor grammar and punctuation: Make sure to review your work for any spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes before submitting it.
Examples of Opinion Essays
An opinion essay can be written on any topic that has two or more sides to it.
Here are these opinion essay examples:
Learn how to write with these potential opinion essay examples:
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Opinion Essay Topics
Looking for opinion essay topics? Opinion essays are a great way to express your beliefs and thoughts on various subjects.
Here are some topics to consider when writing an opinion essay:
- Social media sites create more harm than good, Agree or Disagree?
- Should the legal drinking age be lowered?
- Is animal testing necessary?
- Should the voting age be lowered?
- Are video games beneficial or harmful to childrenâs development?
- Should the death penalty be abolished?
- Are beauty pageants beneficial to society?
- Is it important to consume organic foods?
- Should nuclear energy be used in place of fossil fuels?
- What are the positive and negative effects of technology on our lives?
Here are some more opinion essays topics - IELTS:
- Should governments ban smoking in public places?
- Should the government fund space exploration?
- Should students be required to wear school uniforms?
- Is social media a positive or negative influence on society?
- Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
If you're looking for advice on expressing your beliefs in an opinion essay without sounding too "preachy". Read this blog for more useful tips!
Opinion Essay Template
Check out the opinion essay template below to help you get started:
Transition Words for an Opinion Essay
Transition words are an essential part of any opinion essay. These words help to link your ideas and provide a logical flow for your paper.
Here are some examples of opinion essay phrases :
- In my opinion
- On the whole
- I strongly believe
- Besides that
- To conclude
- For this reason
- Most importantly
- As a result
- In conclusion
- Without doubt
- On the contrary
Using transition words effectively can help make your opinion essay easier to read and understand.
Tips for Writing an Effective Opinion Essay
Writing an effective opinion essay requires good research skills and an understanding of how to present your argument clearly.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
- Research: Before writing an opinion essay it is important to do research. Familiarize yourself with different arguments surrounding the topic.
- Organizing Your Thoughts: Take some time to think about your main points and organize them into a logical order.
- Gathering Evidence: Find evidence or examples to support each of your points.
- Structuring Your Work: Organize the evidence into a clear and logical structure. Make sure each body paragraph is focused on one main point and develops this idea in detail.
- Writing the Introduction: Provide a brief overview of the topic and state your opinion clearly.
- Writing the Conclusion: Summarize the main points made throughout the essay and restate your opinion.
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Follow these tips to make sure your opinion paper is well-written, organized, and persuasive!
To wrap it all up,
Writing an opinion essay is a great way to express your thoughts and opinions on any given topic. With some research, organization, and structure, you can easily convey your point of view. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can write an effective opinion essay and make a strong argument.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 3 parts of the opinion paragraph.
The 3 parts of the opinion paragraph includes:
- Introduction: It should provide the reader with an overview.
- Body Paragraphs: The paragraphs should present information to support your arguments.
- Conclusion: It should summarize your main points and restate your thesis statement.
What are some examples of opinion writing?
Examples of opinion writing include opinion articles, persuasive essays, editorial pieces, and reviews.
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The Simple Guide for How to Write an Opinion Essay That Really Makes Your Reader Think
At some point in your education, you’re going to be assigned an essay. Essays are a great way to show your understanding of a new topic as well as any connections you’ve made while studying it in school.
Just like there are different subject areas to learn, there are also different types of essays you may come across—with each having a unique purpose for writing it. So, it’s important to develop a true understanding of which type of essay your teacher is asking you to write before you actually get started.
In this guide , we'll share everything you need to know about writing an opinion essay for the very first time.
What is an Opinion Essay
What is an opinion essay anyway? While you can certainly get a hint from its name, writing an opinion essay doesn’t mean that you just keep writing about your own thoughts until you have enough words in your essay to make your teacher happy. In fact, it takes a bit more planning and effort than that.
An opinion essay is a formal piece of writing in which you share your viewpoint on a certain topic while using concrete evidence to explain why you formed this opinion in the first place.
In other words, you will be given a question or assigned a specific topic by your teacher, decide how you would answer that question or what you believe about that topic in general, collect evidence to support your opinion, and then write an essay so you can share all of this information with your reader.
No matter which question or topic you receive, you basically follow the same steps to write your opinion essay. So, once you understand the process, writing an opinion essay is as simple as following that process.
Requirements for an Opinion Essay
The requirements you’re given for an opinion essay may look very different from one teacher or grade level to the next. Things like word count, pieces of evidence you need, and essay planning worksheets can all vary by assignment.
However, there are certain requirements for all opinion essays that you should keep in mind. By checking your rough draft against this list, you can create a final draft that is sure to receive a good grade.
- Have you looked at examples of good opinion essays?
- Did you plan your essay out before you began writing it?
- Is your essay organized in the basic opinion essay structure?
- Does your entire essay stay on topic?
- Do you have enough concrete evidence scattered throughout the essay to show the reason you formed your opinion?
- Did you only provide evidence that supports your reasoning?
- Have you used formal language throughout the essay?
- Did you avoid using slang?
- Did you fix all spelling and grammar mistakes?
- Have you had another person read over your essay and give you suggestions to make it better?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, it’s pretty likely that you’re on the right track to turning in a great opinion essay.
Topics for an Opinion Essay
There’s no limit to the many questions or topics out there that would make a great essay prompt. Basically, any question or topic that really makes you think can be turned into an interesting opinion essay for your reader, and you may even get to pick from a list of topic choices provided by your teacher or create your own.
Here is a list of some popular opinion essay topics:
- Should students be allowed to have cell phones in school?
- Is global warming real or just a hoax?
- Should the minimum wage be raised?
- The President of the United States is doing a terrible job. Agree or disagree.
- Religion should be banned in schools. Agree or disagree.
- Would we be safer if more gun control laws were put into place?
- Are teens lazier than they used to be?
- CEOs make too much money. Agree or disagree.
- The death penalty should be banned. Agree or disagree.
- Controversial books should be removed from libraries. Agree or disagree.
In essence, you can form an opinion on just about anything. And if you can form an opinion on it, you can easily turn it into an opinion essay just by following a basic opinion essay structure.
Opinion Essay Structure
While opinion essays can certainly vary based on the essay requirements you have in class, all opinion essays have a basic structure to them. This includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. An example of how you can structure your opinion essay is as follows:
- An introduction with a well-defined thesis statement
- The first reason you agree or disagree (with evidence)
- The second reason you agree or disagree (with evidence)
- The third reason you agree or disagree (with evidence)
- A conclusion that summarizes the essay and gives the reader closure
As you can see, the basic opinion essay structure keeps you organized and helps you present your thoughts in a way that makes sense to the reader.
How to Write an Opinion Essay
Learning how to write an opinion essay doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds. There are plenty of strategies you can use to make the process a whole lot easier, and you’ll end up with a great essay that your teacher is sure to like.
First , you want to read the essay prompt several times to make sure you understand exactly what the question is asking you or the topic you’re being asked to discuss. It’s also a good idea to talk to your teacher about it too, so you can make sure that you’re ready to get started on the assignment and that all of your questions are answered.
The most important thing you can do when learning how to write an opinion essay for the very first time though is to plan it out long before you start writing. Using a graphic organizer is a great way to organize your thoughts and keep all of your evidence organized in one place.
Then , you want to create an outline for your essay. While it may be tempting to skip this step, you definitely don’t want to do that. Creating an outline helps you organize your essay in a thoughtful way and decide the best place to include each piece of evidence you’ve collected. Plus, it stops you from writing an essay that is too short or so long that you sound like you’re rambling on.
Once your outline is created, it’s time to start writing that first draft. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself at this stage. Just follow your outline and keep writing. There will be time to come back to polish the essay later.
After your first draft is done, you’ll want to reread it, make improvements along the way, and fix any grammar mistakes you notice.
Next, it’s always a good idea to have someone else take a look at your writing. This could be one of your classmates, your teacher, or a family member at home. Just ask them to make honest suggestions so that you can improve your writing.
The last step is to complete your final draft. This is the stage where you fix all of the mistakes others have pointed out to you and make sure that your writing is the best it can be.
By following these exact steps in this order, you’ll learn how to write an opinion essay right the first time. And it will make every other opinion essay you write in the future that much easier.
Opinion Essay Examples
To really understand what is expected of you when you’re about to write an opinion essay, it’s always a good idea to look at a few opinion essay examples first.
That way, you can see exactly what an opinion essay looks like when it’s completed, discover things you like about each opinion essay and those you don’t, and use the good opinion essay examples you find to inspire your own writing. Just be sure not to copy anything directly from the opinion essay examples you look at as that would be considered plagiarism.
When you first get assigned to write an opinion essay, you may feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry. Writing an opinion essay is not as difficult as it sounds. After you learn what an opinion essay actually is and how to write an opinion essay step-by-step, you’ll feel a lot more confident in your own writing abilities. And you’ll be able to show everything you’ve learned about a particular topic while giving your unique opinion on it.
There’s a first time for everything, but in no time, you’ll have a completed opinion essay that you can be proud of.
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