Opinion Writing ms. atkins may 2017

Example of a hook:

The Best Pet

My friend Ann says her pet is better than mine! I have a brown cat named Fluffy. Ann has a black and white dog named Spot. We each think our pet is the best.

Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is usually one sentence that tells the main point of your piece of writing-research paper, essay, etc.

The thesis statement is then "proven" throughout the paper with supporting evidence.


Students should wear uniforms to school.

Zoos should be banned.

When learning to write thesis statements, you may be taught to write a three-pronged thesis statement. This is a sentence that includes three reasons to support the thesis.


We should wear school uniforms because they would help reduce discipline, be cheaper than other clothing, and help create school pride.

Zoos should be banned because animals need to remain in the wild, zoos cannot provide natural experiences for animals, and animals in zoos get sick and die.

Features of an Opinion Essay

It clearly states the writer’s opinion about a topic.

It supports the writer’s opinion with clear reasons and relevant evidence, including facts and details.

It organizes reasons and evidence in logical order, often saving the strongest reason for last.

It uses linking words to connect ideas.

It provides a conclusion that asks readers to take action.

Your conclusion is your opportunity to sum up your main points and leave your reader with a clear sense of what to take away from your overall essay.

In conclusion,

To conclude,


To sum up,

As previously stated,

What to Avoid

New Information.

Personal Opinion.

Lots of Details.

Revising & Editing

Tightening, Brightening, and Sharpening

Revising (Making It Better)

Editing (Making It Right)

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