Writing An Opinion Paragraph

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Writing An Opinion Paragraph

  1. 1. Writing an Opinion Paragraph Experiential English I
  2. 2. Expressing Opinions <ul><li>An opinion – a thought or belief about something or someone (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Writing an Opinion Paragraph <ul><li>Take a stand on the give topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Have an opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Choose either agree or disagree </li></ul>
  4. 4. Organization <ul><li>A topic sentence (showing whether y ou agree or disagree with a topic) </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons and supporting details (examples or evidence to show your agreement or disagreement) </li></ul><ul><li>A concluding sentence (summarizing the main reasons or restating the topic sentence in different words) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sentence structures and transition signals <ul><li>For the introduction / a topic sentence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I agree/disagree that …S+V… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I agree/disagree with…for…reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am for/against the idea that …S+V… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are…reasons why…S+V… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sentence structures and transition signals <ul><li>For the reasons (Transition signals, Sequence markers, Sentence connectors) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first (second, third) reason is… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Another reason is… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First (Firstly), / Second (Secondly), / Third (Thirdly), … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moreover, / Furthermore, / In addition, / Also, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finally, / Lastly, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The final / last reason is… </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Sentence structures and transition signals <ul><li>For the conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In conclusion, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Summary, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To sum up, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To conclude, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In short, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In brief, … </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sentence structures and transition signals <ul><li>Optional useful expressions for giving opinions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe/feel/think that … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I strongly/firmly believe that … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am convinced/certain that … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It seems to me that … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My opinion is that … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In my opinion,/In my point of view,/In my view, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The way I see it, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As far as I am concerned, … </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Sample Paragraph <ul><li>The topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Lotteries should be banned.” </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>I agree that …S+V… </li></ul><ul><li>I completely agree that …S+V… </li></ul><ul><li>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ Lotteries should be banned.”
  12. 12. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly, …S+V… </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, …S+V… </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, …S+V… </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly, in my opinion , …S+V… </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I think …S+V… </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, in my point of view , …S+V… </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS </li></ul>Waste of money Lottery addiction Not really a good chance to make money
  15. 15. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotteries are a waste of money. </li></ul><ul><li>Playing the lottery is very addictive. </li></ul><ul><li>Lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. </li></ul>
  16. 16. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotteries are a waste of money. </li></ul>Waste of money Less money to buy things
  17. 17. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS + SUPPORTING DETAILS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotteries are a waste of money. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS </li></ul><ul><li>Playing the lottery is very addictive. </li></ul>Lottery addiction Not win?? Need more tickets
  19. 19. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS + SUPPORTING DETAILS </li></ul><ul><li>Playing the lottery is very addictive. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. </li></ul>Not really a good chance to make money Depend on luck only
  21. 21. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>REASONS + SUPPORTING DETAILS </li></ul><ul><li>Lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly , in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition , I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally , in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul>Transition signals, Sequence markers, Sentence connectors
  23. 23. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly, in my opinion , lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, in my point of view , lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul>Useful expressions for giving opinions
  24. 24. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money . Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive . When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money . We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul>Reasons
  25. 25. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul>Supporting details
  26. 26. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Topic sentence
  27. 27. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>To sum up, for these reasons, … </li></ul>
  28. 28. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that , … </li></ul>
  29. 29. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. </li></ul><ul><li>Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. </li></ul>To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is a good idea. Concluding sentence
  30. 30. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea. </li></ul>
  31. 31. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea. </li></ul>
  32. 32. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea. </li></ul>
  33. 33. “ Lotteries should be banned.” <ul><li>I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea. </li></ul>

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