Empowering Writers

Toolbox: Opinion Writing

Opinion Writing


“Dog” Writing Sample

PROMPT: If you got to pick any pet in the pet store what would you pick and why. Explain your reasons. Use this sample to identify the lack of broad yet distinct main ideas. Create the author’s pre-writing plan with students and you’ll find that they are overly general and cannot support a number of […]


“Kitten” Writing Sample

PROMPT: If you got to pick any pet in the pet store what would you pick and why. Explain your reasons. Use this student sample to discover how the lack of organization makes the piece difficult to read and understand. Annotate and analyze this piece with students and try to summarize it. Break it into […]


Autumn – Opinion Writing Sample

What is your favorite season and why? Write a piece describing and explaining your favorite season. This was a prompt that until recently I would have used for my students when we were working on expository writing. It required little in the way of research, we knew a lot about autumn living in the northeast. […]


Opinion Writing – Sample for Annotation & Analysis

With the advent of the CCSS, everyone is concerned about teaching Opinion Writing in response to text, to issues, situations, likes and dislikes. The underlying organizational structure of a well-crafted opinion piece has its foundation in expository/informative writing. It shares other characteristics with expository/informative writing as well. A strong opinion piece begins with an introduction […]