1. Opinion Paragraphs

# videos: below the brief notes
(Notes by Huifang Peng)
# required knowledge: What is a paragraph? 
# objective and features: 
1. An opinion paragraph is meant to clearly state a personal belief or opinion about a topic by offering specific reasons and examples.
2. A good opinion paragraph is often about a controversial issue that some writers consider it worth some efforts to argue for personal observations and interpretations on certain aspects, and expect readers to reconsider their opinions.  
3. In good opinion paragraphs, facts or authoritative statements are often mentioned to support writers' arguments.  
4. A good opinion paragraph usually considers both sides of an argument even though the writer's side of the issue is emphasized.  
5. To express one's opinions, writers often use words such as I believe, to me, I think, or in my opinion/view; the modal should and phrases such as (one of) the best or the most are also often used.  
writing steps: (only suggestive) 
Step One: planning and prewriting
Step Two: writing the first draft
1. Topic Sentence: The topic sentence shouldn't simply state a fact; instead, it should express your personal view or belief toward the topic.
* An opinion is not a fact. Different from a fact that most people considers true, an opinion expresses a personal view or belief that other people may or may not agree with.
a. the topic: "usually an
issue about which people have different opinions or points of view" (FOW4, p. 9)
b. the controlling idea: a specific
opinion on the topic that indicates your personal belief or opinion toward the issue 
a. To persuade readers to accept your viewpoints, you might have to give at least two or three reasons to support your controlling idea in the topic sentence. (-> major supporting sentences
b. For each reason, also providing examples or details to support or explain why you think that way. (-> minor supporting sentences)
c. Transitions such as so and because are often needed to connect your reasons and examples.  
d. To introduce examples, the following transition words are often used:
for instance, for example, to illustrate, such as, specifically, or in particular.
a. Restating the topic sentence in a new way or summarizing the main reasons mentioned in the supporting sentences.   
b. In opinion paragraphs, writers often end their writing by offering a final thought or advice/recommendation. 
Step Three: revising
Step Four: editing
References: 
Focus on Writing 2: Units 2 & 4
Focus on Writing 3: Unit 3
Focus on Writing 4: Unit 1
Great Writing 2: Unit 9

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www.LoveYourPencil.com (search the site for "wr91") 

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