Greetings everyone! I’m Ms Geraldine, a teacher and curriculum writer at Lil’ but Mighty. If you’ve already read my first four blog posts in the Write for Fun series, it is probably obvious I am passionate about creative writing. Do check out my previous posts if you are interested in trying out some different creative writing exercises!
Today’s post, however, is a little bit different. This post is especially suited for those of you who are not very keen on writing fictional stories but are more interested in writing that is rooted in your real life. In particular, we will be learning how to write opinion pieces today, which involve expressing your opinion in a straightforward and persuasive manner.
So what are OPINION PIECES? To put it simply, they express your opinion. Importantly, they not only allow you to express your thoughts, but are also meant to persuade your reader to agree with your opinion, too. Let’s take a look at an excerpt of an opinion piece below:
By using the above paragraph as an example, let me now go over the four main components you need in order to express your opinion convincingly in one paragraph. An easy way to remember these components is with the acronym OREO:
And there you have it: the four components of a well-structured and argued paragraph expressing your own opinion. Keep the acronym OREO in mind for later. For now, let us brainstorm some questions, in order for you to decide on an opinion to use OREO to express! From the list of questions below, pick one question to write an opinion about:
Okay! Now that you have chosen your question, it’s time to start writing out your opinion piece using OREO. You may want to grab a spare piece of paper so we can do this together! I will be writing out a plan of my own in response to my own chosen question, too.
Firstly, let us start by writing out the question at the top of your paper, before drawing out the OREO table below your question:
Now fill in your opinion! Remember to keep your opinion straightforward, and succinct.
Let us move on to writing out the reason for your opinion. Why do you say this? Try your best to give as much detail in your explanation as possible, so your reason is more persuasive.
Good job at writing that out! Let’s move on to the example now. Remember to explain your example fully to show how it proves your opinion is true.
The last step is to simply restate your opinion. You can choose to rephrase your opinion slightly, or just restate it as it is. It is important to restate your opinion so that your reader is able to remember the opinion you are trying to convince them of.
Hooray! You have just finished writing out your opinion piece using OREO. I am so proud of you, and thank you for following my step-by-step tutorial so closely! I hope this exercise has shown you that you can also enjoy writing about your own opinions, not just creative stories. Continue honing the power of expressing yourself, for it will be useful not just in your school life, but also your future. Of course, even though the PSLE only requires you to write creative stories, you can look forward to writing about your own opinions more in secondary school at the O Levels.
Happy writing! Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments below. As long as they are sensibly and logically argued, I am sure that I will be convinced to agree with all your opinions 🙂