Creating an Organizational Structure for an Opinion Piece: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Mary Evans

Mary has taught elementary school for six years and has a master's degree in education.

Having an opinion is easy, but writing about it in a clear, organized way takes a little more care. In this lesson, you'll learn how to organize your thinking in a way other people can understand.

What Are Opinions?

People say opinions are like noses - everybody has one! But it's important to note that the way you write about your opinion has a big impact on how well other people are able to understand your point of view. After all, that's what an opinion is: a feeling or point of view about something. Creating a clear structure for your opinion piece will make it much more palatable, or acceptable, pleasing, and even tasty!

The Opinion Burger

Think of your opinion piece as a hamburger with two buns holding together several layers of meat, cheese, and pickles. The top layer of bread is like your introduction, the bottom piece is like your conclusion, and the three layers on the inside are three reasons why your opinion makes sense. This burger idea is not only yummy but also provides an easy-to-follow structure for your writing.

In an opinion piece, the introduction and conclusion are what hold the piece together, much like hamburger buns hold in all the delicious, juicy contents of a hamburger. The introduction is the first paragraph of your essay. In it you should state your opinion and introduce the three reasons you plan to discuss further in the ''meat'' (and cheese and pickles!) of your writing. This gives the reader a clear idea of what to expect and makes it easier for him or her to understand.

The conclusion is like the bottom bun. Without this last paragraph, the contents of the burger would dribble all over the place and make a real mess! You need the conclusion to wrap up your piece by reminding the reader what your opinion is and that you presented three clear reasons to support it.

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