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Secondary 4 Enriched English-Opinion Piece

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Caroline Trottier

on 6 January 2015

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Secondary 4 Enriched English-Opinion Piece
Step 1-Before you start writing, read the question and take a firm position.
It is important to present a clear and obvious opinion. Avoid using words like
maybe, apparently, supposedly
or
perhaps
which can weaken your position.
Step 3-Be sure that your text is appropriate to text form and audience
You will be given specific information the purpose and audience of your text and it is
imperative
that your opinion piece reflects that.
Step 2-Present your topic in a captivating way.
In an opinion piece, you can be more creative with your ways to capture the reader's attention. For example:
Step 1-Reasoning must be compelling and show a strong sense of purpose throughout
It is important to establish a
clear focus
when conveying your reasons or arguments to defend your chosen position. Each reason must have an
identifiable purpose
in your text.
Step 3-The body paragraph(s) is developed with audience in mind.
Always remember that your audience is
unfamiliar with your topic and the position you're presenting
. Therefore, you must be detailed and clear.
Step 2-Supporting evidence must be credible and skillfully organized.
Step 2-Leave audience with a lasting impression
End with a strong, final sentence that further proves the reader of your chosen position.

Avoid being predictable (asking a question) or introducing a new topic.
Step 1-Conclusion must be clearly linked to the question selected and position taken.
Be sure to make an
obvious connection
between your chosen question and position, with your conclusion. A good way to do this is to
re-state your position and summarize your evidence.
Introduction or opening
Conclusion
Body
Begin with a
fascinating question
that is related to your topic.
Begin with a
vivid description.
Begin by
placing the reader in the context of your piece
"Imagine waking up and seeing planet earth from your bedroom window..."

For example you may have to write your text for:
An online magazine for young adults.
A newsletter for parents of high school students.
An letter to school officials.
A blog for high school students.
You must provide evidence to prove your position and this evidence must be trustworthy. You may use:

Examples from personal experience or other sources.
Facts
Textual evidence
Opinions' from "experts"
Your evidence must be skillfully and logically organized.

For example, you can sequence your arguments from weakest to strongest or vice versa.
Conventions
225 to 250
words maximum.
Introduction, body and conclusion.
One
bigger argument or
two
smaller arguments.
Textual evidence or direct quotations are
not necessary.
You may use the
1st, 2nd and 3rd person.
Do not have an "opening"
at the end of your conclusion.
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