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How to Write an Opinion Article. The goal? To persuade people to your point of view. The best op-ed piece convinces you with emotion. Anger, humor ...and other genuine, relatable feelings . As well as straight-up facts, information and research…. :. There’s no “I” in OpEd!

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how to write an opinion article

How to Write an Opinion Article

The goal? To persuade people to your point of view.

the best op ed piece convinces you with emotion

The best op-ed piece convinces you with emotion.

Anger, humor

...and other genuine, relatable feelings.

As well as straight-up facts, information and research….

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There’s no “I” in OpEd!

So even though this is your opinion, DO NOT write in first person.

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The best op-eds are linked to a news hook. It can be a trend, seasonal, an anniversary or real news, which means something that happened very recently.

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State the facts of your issue or idea tightly --- at best, in your first paragraph. 1. Be brief and to the point.2. Include the news. Ask yourself: why this topic at this time?3. Use one short paragraph to state your opinion.

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Next, elaborate two, maximum three, supporting points in the next paragraphs. Make sure your paragraphs are short and contain one main idea per paragraph only.

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Use facts, statistics and studies to support your arguments. Try not to be boring, preachy or overly technical.
include a con to balance out your pros in other words concede a point to the other side
Include a “con” to balance out your “pros.” In other words, concede a point to the other side.
very important

VERY IMPORTANT

If the reader doesn’t know what you think—and early on—something is DESPERATELY wrong!

assignment due tuesday feb 19 11 59 pm

Assignment due Tuesday Feb. 19 11:59 PM

Write an opinion article, 300-400 words, based on the idea you chose here. It must be posted on your site by 11:59 PM (1 minute before midnight)

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Plan of Attack…1. Gather information on your topic. 2. Write your lede graphs, the ones that state the facts, the news and your opinion3. List at least three pros, one con and a call to action.4. Now pull it all together.