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Basics on the topic Opinion Writing: Supporting Facts and Details

Learn how to support your opinion using facts and evidence.

Transcript Opinion Writing: Supporting Facts and Details

Supporting your opinion with facts and details "Ernie, look! A corn snake! I've always wanted one; can we take it home, please, please, please?!" "Now now, Jane. We are working on your impulses, remember? Let's learn more about them first and then decide." Ernie and Jane decide to find a text to help with their opinion on whether or not a corn snake would make a good pet. Let's read the passage. If you're thinking about choosing a corn snake as a pet, there are a few things you need to know. Corn snakes require complex habitats. They need specific bedding, temperatures and humidity levels. If the air is too cold and dry, it may suffer from shedding or get ill. They are also really shy, in fact, they prefer to burrow and hide. Corn snakes also get really overwhelmed by open space, so it's important to make sure you have a small enclosed space for them. "Okay Jane, now that you know more about corn snakes, what is your opinion?" "Well, I think corn snakes should stay in the wild, and I need to write a text to share with the world!" "Jane you really don't need to… never mind." Jane wants to write a text stating her opinion after learning more about corn snakes. Remember, an opinion is how you feel about something, and others might agree or disagree with you, and that's okay! When writing an opinion, first, state your opinion. Next, provide reasons that support your opinion using facts and details from the text. Supporting your opinion with reasons is important because it gives the reader evidence that supports your view. So, even if a reader disagrees with you, they can understand your position! First, Jane states her opinion, 'I think corn snakes should stay in the wild'. Now, let's look back at the text. What facts and details could Jane use to support her opinion? She could use: 'corn snakes require complex habitats' because their tree house doesn't have everything a corn snake needs. If the air is too cold and dry, it may suffer from shedding or get ill' and Jane knows their house gets a little cold and drafty. Jane can also supports her opinion with, ‘they prefer to burrow and hide' and 'corn snakes also get really overwhelmed by open space'. Since their tree house is big with few places a snake could burrow in, she knows this isn't a good home for a corn snake. Jane is ready to add all the facts and details to support her opinion. She can do that by paraphrasing, or taking what someone else has written and putting it into her own words. While she does that, let's summarise! Remember, when writing an opinion, first, state your opinion. Next, provide reasons that support your opinion using facts and details from the text. Supporting your opinion with reasons is important because it gives the reader evidence that supports your view. So, even if a reader does disagree with you, they can understand your position! "Well Jane, this venus fly trap isn't what we thought we'd be bringing home today, but what do you think?" "I think it will fit in quite well here."

Opinion Writing: Supporting Facts and Details exercise

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  • Determine which sentences are correct.

    Hints

    When you write about your opinion it is important to state the big idea right at the beginning.

    How do you show reasons for an opinion in writing?

    There are three true choices and one false.

    Solution

    TRUE

    • When writing an opinion, you should first state your opinion clearly.
    • When writing an opinion, you should support your opinion with facts and details from a text.
    • Since your opinion is how you feel about something, other people might disagree with you.
    FALSE
    • If you explain your opinion correctly, no one will ever disagree with you.

  • Find facts and evidence.

    Hints

    Jane lives in a treehouse. Is this a good, complex habitat for a snake?

    Jane lives in a treehouse. Are treehouses usually warm and humid, especially in the winter?

    Jane lives in a treehouse. Think if there are good places to burrow (dig) and hide there.

    Solution

    Jane has used the following facts as evidence to support her opinion that corn snakes should stay in the wild.

    • Corn snakes require complex habitats.
    • If the air is too cold and dry, it may suffer from shedding or get sick.
    • They prefer to burrow and hide.
    • Corn snakes also get really overwhelmed by open space.

  • Provide facts and details to supports reasons.

    Hints

    Search for options on the left and right that both mention temperature and see if these match together.

    Search for options on the left and right that both mention size and see if these match together.

    Search for options on the left and right that both mention hiding places and see if these match together.

    Solution

    Jane's treehouse is not a good home for a corn snake because:

    • Corn snakes require complex habitats and Jane's treehouse does not have everything a corn snake needs.
    • If the air is too cold and dry, corn snakes may suffer from shedding or get sick and Jane's house can get cold and drafty.
    • Corn snakes are shy, and prefer to burrow and hide and Jane's treehouse does not have any hiding spaces.
    • Corn snakes get overwhelmed by open space and Jane's treehouse is quite large and open.

  • Find evidence in the text.

    Hints

    What does a puppy need? Search for descriptions of food, shelter, health or entertainment.

    What are any risks someone should consider before getting a puppy?

    What kind of space should someone have when they get a puppy?

    Solution

    Jane considered the following facts, details and recommendations about puppies when she formed her opinion. The following points should be highlighted in green:

    • Make sure that you’re ready to pay for vet bills, food, bedding, toys and pet sitters.
    • Dogs need plenty of company, play and training.
    • Have a safe outdoor space for your puppy.
    • Be able to easily puppy-proof your home.

  • Outline the steps of writing an opinion text.

    Hints

    Before you can begin writing an opinion text, it is important to first choose a topic that is not one-sided.

    When you write about your opinion it is important to state the big idea before your reasons.

    Only begin writing your opinion text after you have prepared facts and details to support your reasoning.

    Solution

    The steps for writing an opinion text are:

    • Choose a topic with different possible points of view.
    • Clearly state your opinion.
    • Provide evidence that supports your opinion using facts and details from a text.
    • Write your own opinion text.

  • Complete the text.

    Hints

    Look for descriptions of a puppy's needs for food, shelter, health or entertainment. Then search for options describing these things to match.

    What do puppies need to chew on?

    Puppies love to play and so does Jane.

    Solution

    "I know setting up for a puppy can be expensive with food, vet bills and supplies. Luckily, I already have many pet supplies, and I also have savings to help pay for the rest.
    Dogs need plenty of company, training and a LOT of play, and I love to play!
    Puppies also need a safe outdoor space and I live in a home with a big garden, near many forests and open fields.
    Puppies can be very destructive in a home. Luckily, I am prepared with chews and toys which are good for the puppy to chew on."