What is Opinion Writing?

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Unlock the power of opinion writing for your students. Designed specifically for kids, this comprehensive video series will guide your students step-by-step in writing a strong opinion essay. 

This video is the first in a series of opinion writing video. This opinion writing video will teach your 4th grade students about the parts of an opinion essay.

From introductions to reasons and examples, all the way through to the conclusion, you’ll discover what opinion writing is and how to effectively convey it to your students. 

Our complete unit, filled with step-by-step teaching, is designed to boost engagement and foster critical thinking, so your students can shine in their writing assignments.

Whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced educator, the Opinion Writing video series will provide you with valuable insights and tools to make opinion writing fun and a meaningful learned experience for your 4th-grade students.

Easy to use in all classrooms along with special education, ESL, and speech and language therapy services! Lesson plans, teaching scripts, mentor texts, anchor charts, graphic organizers, and extension activities are available in the Opinion Writing 4th Grade resource that can be used to support and guide your teaching as well as provide students with multiple opportunities to practice writing an opinion essay. 

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In this video, you will learn about opinion writing including the parts of an opinion essay.


First, let’s go over, what is an opinion. 


An opinion is what you think, believe or feel about a certain topic. It’s important to remember that people can have different opinions about the same topic.


Knowing what an opinion is, will make it easier to write an opinion essay. 


Basically, an opinion essay is where a writer tells their thoughts, feelings or beliefs about a topic with lots of supporting information to explain why they have this opinion. 


What do you write in an opinion essay? 


Every essay begins with a title.

The first paragraph of an opinion essay is called the introduction.

Then there are the body paragraphs that have reasons and examples.

And the last paragraph is the conclusion. 


Let’s take a quick look at each of these paragraphs. 


So, what do you write in the introduction? 


There are two parts that you include in your introduction. 


One part is the opinion sentence. This is a complete sentence that tells your opinion, what you think, feel, and believe about a topic.


The other part is the hook. The hook is what grabs the reader’s attention. 


What’s important to know about body paragraphs? 


These are all of the paragraphs that come in between the introduction and conclusion.


In most opinion essays you will write 3 body paragraphs. 


Are you wondering what do you write in the body paragraphs? 


In each paragraph you will write different reasons and examples.

Your reasons explain why you have your opinion.

And the examples give evidence that supports the reasons.


Without all of this information in your body paragraphs, readers may not believe your opinion could be true.


What do you include in the conclusion? 


Well, there are 3 parts. 


The first part is the restated opinion sentence. This is your opinion sentence from your introduction just written in a different way.


The next part is background information. Background information is important details that readers need to know about your topic. This will connect to the last part of a conclusion, called a call to action. 


The call to action gives your reader a suggestion of what to do based on the background information you wrote. 


Now that you know the parts of an opinion essay, how do you start writing one?


First, you pick a topic you know a lot about.


When you have your topic, you turn it into an opinion by writing what you think, believe or feel about it. 


When you have your opinion, you have to explain it to your readers! You’ll do this by elaborating on your opinion with reasons and examples.


You’re ready to get started writing your own opinion essay. 


Be sure to watch all the opinion writing videos to help you learn how to write a strong opinion essay!  


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