FSA Opinion Writing

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How Many Paragraphs Do You Need?
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-ALWAYS need an introduction and conclusion paragraph. (Already that’s two paragraphs) -The body paragraphs depends on how many sources you have.
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What do you need to know to fully understand the prompt?
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-The topic is found above the title of source one AND the first sentence of the prompt (directions) -Is it a one-part prompt or a two-part prompt? -You ALWAYS refer to text
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What are the mandatory paragraphs?
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In both kinds of writing (Opinion and Informative) there is always an introduction and conclusion paragraph.
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What do you need in your Opinion Introduction?
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1. Introduction sentence (topic of ALL sources) 2. Summarize EACH source 3. State your opinion
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What are the parts of an Opinion Body paragraph?
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Body – TORE -Transition and topic -Opinion -Refer to text -Example (mini story)
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What do you need in your Opinion Conclusion?
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1. Restate topic (ALL sources) 2. Restate opinion 3. Ending sentence
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List example \”In my Opinion\” Statements.
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-In my view… -I think that… -I believe that… -I agree that/with… -I am convinced that… -It is clear to me that…
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List example Opinion Ending Sentences.
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-Due to this evidence, I can say… -I now know for sure that… -Now you can see… -These things all add up to the conclusion that… -When you look at it this way, you can see… -There’s no question that… -As I look back on…
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List example Body Paragraph Transition Words.
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-First of all, -For one thing, -Furthermore, -In addition, -Moreover, -However, -A final reason, -Another, -Last of all,
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List example Conclusion Paragraph Transition Words.
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-As a result, -From what we see, -In conclusion, -In summary, -Finally, -All in all, -At last, -To conclude,
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What is an Introduction Sentence?
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This is the first sentence of your essay to grab the reader’s attention. Make the reader want to keep reading your essay. (Grabber)
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What are the Different Types of Introductions?
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Fact-Based Question: Did you know smoking causes about 20 percent of our countries death each year? (Begin with a fact from the story to focus on the topic) A Comparison: Friday is cool, but Saturday is filled with much more! (Compare your topic to something else) \”Draw-In\” Question: Do you ever worry about their health? Smoking is dangerous and you should think twice. (Ask the reader an interesting question about the topic) Observation from the Senses: Gordon’s car already smells better. He hasn’t smoked in his car for a whole month! This is one of the reasons you should avoid smoking. (Use one of your five senses) Personal Connection: My friend Gordon started to cough more often. He’s been smoking for 22 years. I think people should not smoke. (Make a connection to the topic)
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What should you do when you are done with your essay?
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-READ it VERY SLOWLY -Check for Capital letters -Check for punctuation -Indenting -No baby words (happy, sad, fun) -Do NOT begin a sentence with (then, because, and, so) -Make sure that your essay reaches the last page
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What are the Writing Steps?
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1. Label the topic of all sources (2 places) 2. Label the instructions: Topic, essay type, question(s), refer to text 3. Set up planning 4. Read and take notes 5. Write it up! 6. Check: Capitals, punctuation, grammar (makes sense)

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