How to write an opinion essay?

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Payal Khullar | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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An “opinion essay” is a type of formal essay where the writer gets the power to express his or her personal opinion or viewpoint on a particular topic. Even if the subject of the topic is controversial, original and genuine ideas are always welcome. However, this does not imply that one should keep a sarcastic and demeaning tone. In fact, all the ideas and arguments should always be presented carefully. The essay can be short or lengthy, depending upon the range of his or her ideas as well as what one is writing on. The writer should give requisite examples and evidences from trustworthy sources to support his or her personal opinion presented in the essay. Exhaustive research related to the topic is, therefore, utmost essential. A good opinion essay exhibits clarity and brevity in the choice of words, which ensures smooth delivery of the writer’s views to the readers. Like any essay, an opinion essay can be divided into three parts. The first part is where the writer needs to introduce the topic of the essay. Next comes the essay body, which is the lengthiest and most important part of the essay. The body contains all the arguments backed with examples. One should end the essay with a clear and concise conclusion. A good opinion essay is where all the points are well connected, linked and unambiguous. To achieve this, one can draw a rough sketch of his or her ideas separately before writing the essay and decide the path of transition from one point to another. The essay should be edited for redundancy and language errors.

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amysor | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Opion Essays are explanatory essays in a way. You state the prompt, your stand on it, and support it with reasons. For example. Should the school add uniforms this upcoming year? Yes, they should because ..(state reasons). 3 reasons are probably the best, and just expand on them in their respective body paragraph. Make sure the opening paragraph has a good attention grabber.

Outline

I. Introduction

  • Attention grabber
  • State Prompt
  • State you stand on this issue
  • List your reasons

II. Body Paragraph 1

  • Reason 1
  • Explain
  • Give an example (real life example, book, movie, history, etc.)

III. Body Paragraph 2

  • Reason 2
  • Explain
  • Give an example (real life example, book, movie, history, etc.)

IV. Body Paragraph 3

  • Reason 3
  • Explain
  • Give an example (real life example, book, movie, history, etc.)

V. Conclusion

  • Restate your stand
  • Restate your reasons
  • A good conclusion statement at the end.

Good Luck on your essay!

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tyler-k | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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In my experience, opinion essays are the most fun and natural papers to write. You get to be as honest and opinionated as you like. But it is still important to keep everything neat and careful, as to not offend any readers. 

When writing an opinion essay, first you have to know where you stand on the topic. In other essays, you can switch back and forth between two sides and give strong reasoning for both, but opinion essays must be more clear and defined. That being said, an extremely important part of an opinion essay is the counterpoint. To strengthen your paper, you should address any countering opinions to the one you chose, and explain how they could be invalidated.

For example, the last opinion piece I wrote was about online high schools. I chose my side (whether they are helping or hurting teens and their education) and spent most of the paper supporting my opinion. But I still took a paragraph or two to explain what the other side of the argument might think, and how their opinion on online schools could possibly be skewed.

The most important thing to know about opinion essays is to let your voice be heard, but be aware of any offensive or hurtful remarks that can arise from your writing. Your goal with this paper is to support your opinion, and encourage anyone with a differing opinion to at least understand and consider looking at it the same way.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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An opinion is basically your say on a subject. Simply follow the regular essay guidelines and stick to your topic. In the intro introduce your topic and your opinion beiefly followed by three or four or however many supporting ideas that back up your opinion. Those ideas will become the meat of the essay where you expand on each topic arguing your opinion and showing an opposite opinion why its wrong (this would blend into a persuasive essay i dont know if you're allowed to do that but it helps persuade the audience) And then conclude with a restatement of your opinion and ideas. 

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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An opinion os basically your say on a subject. Simply follow the regular essay guidelines and stick to your topic. In the intro introduce your topic and your opinion beiefly followed by three or four or however many supporting ideas that back up your opinion. Those ideas will become the meat of the essay where you expand pn each topic arguing your opinion and showing an opposite opinion why its wrong (this would blend into argumentative essay if you're allowed to do that).

And then conclude with a reatatement of your opinion and ideas. 

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