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10 Essential Opinion and Argument Writing Templates and Worksheets

1 Brainstorming  controversial Issues (opinion/argument essay icebreaker)

This exercise is a great way to get students started on opinion or argument essay writing. It’s a brainstorming worksheet for controversial issues. Students try to fill the worksheet in with appropriate topics, sub-topics and questions about controversial issues.

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Brainstorming controversial issues worksheet

Brainstorming controversial issues(PDF)

2 Controversial  topics

  This is a discussion worksheet for talking about controversial topics. Students need to decide whether they are pro or con each issue and support their position with three reasons.
 

Controversial topics worksheet

Controversial topics (PDF)

3 Brainstorming for an argument essay exercise

 
         This is a brainstorming template  for an argument or opinion essay. Students choose a topic for  their essay, write it in the centre of the worksheet and  then brainstorm the benefits/disadvantages ..pros/cons …etc. Click on the image below or the link to download the printable PDF file.

Brainstorming-for-an-opinion-or-argumentative-esay

Brainstorming for an argument essay (PDF)

4 ‘Distracted Driving” Opinion Essay Outline Exercise (with answers)

This is a matching exercise for an opinion essay outline. Students have to match the sentences of an essay about distracted driving on page 2 to the correct parts of the essay outline on page 1. This helps reinforce or review students’ knowledge of essay structure. Answers are provided on page 3 of the PDF file.

 

Opinion essay outline exercise

Opinion essay outline matching exercise (PDF)

5 Opinion essay box outline template/worksheet

This is an outlining exercise for an opinion essay. Students choose a topic for their essay and then try to plan their essay by filling out the worksheet with ideas and information appropriate to each part of the essay. The first page of the PDF worksheet has an example essay template already filled out for reference.

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Opinion essay outline template

Opinion essay box outline template/worksheet (PDF)

6 Opinion paragraph outline exercise: “Lotteries”

This an exercise for practicing the outlining of an opinion paragraph. Students look at the information already filled in. Then they complete the outline with their own ideas.

Opinion paragraph writing exercise

Lotteries outline worksheet (PDF)

7 Opinion paragraph outline exercise: Uniforms

As above , this is another exercise practicing the outlining of an opinion paragraph.  Also, before this exercise, it could be a good idea to brainstorm about uniforms.  Click here for brainstorm worksheet

Uniforms paragraph writing exercise

“Uniforms or Casual Clothes” outline worksheet (PDF)

8 Writing opinion sentences about new technologies

This is a worksheet to help students practice writing sentences for opinion essays. Students look at the pictures and try to write positive and negative opinion sentences.

Writing opinons about new technologies

Writing opinion sentences about automated devices/new technologies (PDF)

9 Opinion essay exercise: “Autonomous Vehicles”

This is English language exercise for practicing essay writing. The topic is Students look at the information already filled in. Then they complete the essay with their own ideas.

Autonomous vehicles essay writing practice

Autonomous vehicles essay writing practice (PDF)

10 Opinion essay brainstorms: “Is it better to work for yourself or someone else?” and other topics

Other good  topics for opinion essays include “Is it better to work for yourself or someone else?”   And for more and related opinion/argument  topics click on the image or link below.

Advantages and disadvantages of starting a small business

Advantages/disadvantages of starting a small business(PDF)

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