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Writing an opinion column
In this activity, you will develop an opinion column suitable for publication in the school newspaper, which is read by students, parents and teachers. Your purpose is to persuade the reader to your point of view about your chosen topic. You will write at least 350 words.
Your topic should address a current issue that affects you personally to give the readers insight into what currently affects teenagers and the world they live in. It can be small and close to home (like wanting to abolish school uniforms) or a much wider issue (like promoting renewable sources of energy in New Zealand). It could either be something that is really positive, that you are persuading the reader to do too (such as promoting football as the best sport ever), or something negative, that you are persuading the reader to try and change (such as stopping cyber-bullying). You will be given more guidance on selecting a topic in class.
You will be assessed on:
Pick one of the topics below. In the next 5 minutes, write your initial reaction to the statement. You will then share your ideas with another member of the class. Remember, this is about your opinion!
Opinion columns are usually found in newspapers, magazines and blog sites. The writer attempts to raise awareness about and issue and persuade readers to agree with their opinion on the topic
REMEMBER: This is still formal writing – so make sure that your language is appropriate – your style can be quite casual but do not get overly emotive or insulting!
As we go through the sheet – make notes to remind you of what these techniques are and how you might use them
As a group, read through the opinion column assigned to you. Then note down the following information:
You will then share you findings with the class
I will be collecting the columns back in!