Opinion Response Essays. F or Mr. Kay’s WORLD HISTORY and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT classes. Opinion Response Essays. Why, oh why, do we have to do THIS ???. YOUR GRADE will depend in some part on how well you do on these. These will be graded as assessments :
For Mr. Kay’s
WORLD HISTORY and
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT classes
Why, oh why, do we have to do THIS ???
These will be graded as assessments:
Score point 4’s will be equivalent to 20 points
Score point 3’s will be equivalent to 18 points
Score point 2’s will be equivalent to 16 points
Score point 1’s will be equivalent to 14 points
Social studies classes in the future will begin to look more and more like English classes.
If the Common Core continues to prevail as the basis for subject area standards, English and social studies will be linked together as never before.
Note the “mission statement” beneath the logo:
“PREPARING AMERICA’S STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE & CAREER”
You will be expected to do this kind of essay in almost every college course you will take.
Even if you forego college for a more immediate career, you will be COMPETING AGAINST students who will have these skills once Common Core is more fully implemented.
Why not be better readers, writers, and critical thinkers ?
Test your reading proficiency equally as much as they test your abilities as a writer
Help you to become better informed about current events—events of national and international import
By requiring you to disagree with another writer’s opinion, ask you to think critically about these issues
Can cultivate a better sense of empathy—“the ability to see the world through the eyes of another”
Score point 1 papers – the majority of these papers did not follow instructions
Score point 2 papers – the majority of these papers were too brief or undeveloped
Score point 3 papers – a good level of writing proficiency; these papers are often not as serious or as well-planned/thought-out as they could be
Score point 4 papers – only one or two in a class, indicates a superior ability to write, will be interested to see if this can be demonstrated consistently
Be sure to include the following at the top of each opinion response you write:
your name, class hour
“title of article”
date article ran in WSJ
Choose an article from the OPINION section of The Wall Street Journal.
(generally located in the last 3 to 6 pages of the first/A section)
Be sure that you write an opinion response in which you DISAGREE with the opinion expressed by the writer of the article you have selected and read
Do NOT rewrite, re-cap, summarize, or explain what the article means – do as much of your own original writing as possible to share your opinion about an issue with those who will read your essay.
The goal is to CONVINCE your readers that your opinion is right or more valid, and that the other writer’s opinion (in the article) is wrong or misguided.
If you’ve only written 3 sentences or filled up less than ¼ of the page, your response is almost certainly too brief or undeveloped.
Take the following test to see
how well you understand the differences:
First of all, choose an article with a topic that we feel we can most effectively write about…
For example: Obamacare,
domestic violence in the NFL, or
the decline of penmanship.
Then we use this STRUCTURE to write our essay:
In this part we write a presentation of the issue and our opinion.
This part of the essay shouldn’t be too long; it’s only a briefintroduction to thetopicthatwewillthentreat in thenextsection, thebody.
Thelongestpart of our response will be developed in thenextpart, thebody.
Is the longest part of the essay.
In the body of the essay we have to convince the reader, giving specific reasons and facts to support our opinion (this is why it’s the longest part).
And to finish our opinion essay, we must write an effective conclusion.
It’s the part where we sum everything up and (almost always) restate our opinion.
As in theopening, theconclusiondoesnothave to be toolong—a single complexsentenceortwoorthreesentences at most.
You can use a separate sheet of paper to do a scheme—a list of the ideas that you are going to talk about in your essay. Using this scheme, you should be able to better organize your opinion response and present your ideas in the most effective sequence.