How to Write an Opinion Piece: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Is Opinion Writing?
  • 0:48 Before You Write
  • 1:36 Writing an Opinion Piece
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Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

Have you ever wanted to change someone's mind about something? If you have, opinion writing is a great way to do it! This lesson will teach you all about what opinion writing is as well as give you some tools to use as you write!

What Is Opinion Writing?

Have you ever heard the word 'opinion'? An opinion is what you think about something. Everyone has opinions on lots of different topics, but the cool thing about opinions is that they're different! You might like the color blue, but your friend might like red. That's an opinion, because it's different from person to person. Opinions are different from facts, because facts are always true. Even though opinions can be based on facts, they differ from person to person. A fact might be that lions are in the cat family, or 2 + 2 = 4. Those things are true, no matter who says them. When you do opinion writing, you just tell your reader what your opinion is and why. Let's learn how to do this!

Before You Write

There are two things you need to do before you start writing an opinion piece: you need to form your opinion and think of your audience.

Forming an opinion means to make up your mind about what you think. For example, if you're writing an opinion piece about your favorite book, you need to decide what your favorite book is and be sure you have lots of reasons of why it's your favorite. When you have a strong opinion about a topic, this makes it easier to write your opinion piece.

Now you need to think about your audience. An audience is the group of people that reads your writing. If your audience is kids, you'll need to think about what you need to say to make them want to read your favorite book. For example, if it has funny parts or interesting characters, make sure you mention that so kids will want to read what you write.

Writing an Opinion Piece

When you write an opinion piece, the first thing you need to do is state your opinion. Stating your opinion just means that you say what you think.

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