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Opinion Writing Prompts

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Opinion writing requires precision, clarity, and strong persuasion skills. Keep reading to find prompts to practice your opinion writing, as well as tips and resources to help you improve.

Writing Prompts for Opinion Pieces

Below are subjective statements on a variety of different topics. Decide whether you agree or disagree with a statement, and then try writing a unique opinion piece to support your perspective.

Educational Topics

  • Students should know their major before they enter college.
  • Physical education is an unnecessary part of school.
  • Students should be required to study at least one foreign language.

Social Topics

  • Trust is the most important part of any relationship.
  • Friendships are as important to happiness as romantic relationships.
  • Arguing is healthy and brings people together.

Personal Topics

  • To be a good person, you must do charitable deeds.
  • No matter what, you should always keep secrets for those close to you.
  • People have an obligation to help better their hometown.

Technological Topics

  • Social media helps people grow closer.
  • Having access to the Internet has made people smarter.
  • Watching television is bad for the brain.

Opinion Writing Tips and Resources

Having a strong opinion on an issue or subject isn't necessarily complicated, but sometimes articulating that opinion can be. Here are some tips to help guide you as you work on your opinion writing.

  • Narrow your focus: While the topic you're addressing may be large, it will help your writing to focus on specific points or examples that support your opinion. Additionally, being specific will help you avoid writing in clichés.
  • Do your research: Opinion pieces are more impactful when the writer is well-versed in the subject he or she is addressing. Having facts and evidence to support your claims will always be an advantage.
  • Keep it concise: Though you want to be thorough, you needn't be exhaustive. Get right into your argument, make your case, and get out. Opinion pieces are best when they're delivered with a quick and exact punch.
  • Write simply: While using jargon or other expert language may seem like a good way to convey your mastery of the subject, you're better off leaving that stuff out. Writing in clear and simple language will allow you to engage more readers and make you and your opinion more accessible and relatable.

For help becoming a stronger writer, and lessons in argument building and essay structure, check out the links in the bullet list above and these writing resources offered by Study.com:

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