Series of Paragraphs - St. Mary's High School

Series of Paragraphs - St. Mary's High School

Series of Paragraphs Expressing an opinion on a given topic using a series of paragraphs Examples Here are some examples of student work and grades from the 2010 2011 OSSLT. Review the annotation notes at the bottom of each example.

Poor Answer Better Answer Even Better Answer Key Tips to Passing the Opinion Essay 1. is CRITICAL to passing the Literacy Test 2. This section is worth 100 out of a possible 400 marks. Students need to

achieve 300/400 to be successful. If you skip the Opinion Essay you will not pass. 3. Even though the question suggests 3 paragraphs, to score well you need 5 paragraphs not 3!! 4. A major and easy way to do this is to include an introduction and a conclusion 5. Make sure you INDENT each paragraph (use the rule of THUMB) hey..it takes up more space! (thats a positive ) 6. Skipping lines alone does not constitute a new paragraph - you will likely score a failing grade if you dont indent (Im serious!)

7. Take a Clear Stand (for or against) even if you dont personally agree with what you are writing. Taking a stand FOR or AGAINST the topic is more persuasive and more unified. 8. Use the full 2 pageseven though you may feel that one page is sufficient TRY TO USE THEM BOTH as ONE page looks incomplete. 9. Use Rough Copy for bullet points only (dont write your entire essay here) Class Activity Here is a pretty good example of an opinion

essay. Read it together as a class. Work through the questions together as a group. Use the interactive pen to record answers. Try completing the class opinion piece together. Opinion Piece: Should Dogs Be Banned From Public Parks? Dogs are an important part of our world. They are good friends who encourage

us. They should be allowed in public parks for economic, emotional and health reasons. If they are banned from parks, where would they go? If dogs were banned from public parks, there would be huge losses in the economy. With nowhere to take dogs, who would want to buy them? Many pet stores and dog breeders would go bankrupt, and this could cause many people to be out of work. Our economy is already bad, and banning dogs from parks would make the economy even worse. The effects would be felt for a long time. Dogs are known as mans best friend, and if you cant take your best friend to the park, many people would be upset. It is well known that dogs help make people feel better when they are sad or depressed. Dogs accept you no matter

what. They dont care how much you weigh or what kind of clothes you wear. They still wag their tails for you when you come home and are happy to see you. Banning dogs from parks will upset people and take away the positive, happy emotions a dog can give you in the first place. continued Opinion Piece: Should Dogs Be Banned From Public Parks? continued The final reason not to ban dogs from public parks would be for health

reasons. People get more exercise when they have to walk a dog. Putting limits on where you can walk a dog might also limit how much walking people do. They might just let their dog out in their back yard, and then they wouldnt be getting the exercise they need. Also, many people take their dog to the park along with their kids so if you cant take your dog to the park, you might decide not to take your kids to the park. Kids are gaining more and more weight these days, and we need to encourage them to go to parks and play to get exercise and be healthy and not to stay away from parks. Banning dogs from parks would not help improve peoples health.

Overall, I am against banning dogs in public parks. I think it is not good for the economy, for our emotional side and for our health. Instead we should encourage people and dogs to use our parks. Just make sure you take a bag with you to clean up after your dog! Opinion Piece: Questions What are the three main reasons for banning dogs? Reason 1 Reason 2

Reason 3 What examples are given to support each reason? Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 continued Opinion Piece: Questions continued

Where were connecting words and transitions used in the paragraph? (examples: also, first, next, etc.) Where could you add connecting words or transitions in the essay? Opinion Piece: Class Activity Write an opinion piece expressing the opposite side i.e. arguing that dogs should be banned

Introductory Paragraph Interesting Opening Sentence: _______________________________________ Opinion Statement: _______________________________________________ Three Main Reasons Supporting Your Opinion: __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ First Supporting Paragraph First reason supporting your opinion: _________________________________ examples to support this reason: ___________________________________ ___________________________________

___________________________________ Opinion Piece: Class Activity Write an opinion piece expressing the opposite side i.e. arguing that dogs should be banned continued Second Supporting Paragraph Second reason supporting your opinion: ______________________________ examples to support this reason: ___________________________________ ___________________________________

___________________________________ Third Supporting Paragraph Third reason supporting your opinion: ________________________________ examples to support this reason: ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Opinion Piece: Class Activity Write an opinion piece expressing the opposite side i.e. arguing that dogs should be banned

continued Concluding Paragraph Restate Your Opinion: _______________________________________ Restate 3 Main Reasons Supporting Your Opinion: ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ General Ending Sentence: __________________________

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