Writing An Opinion Essay On The Advantages Of School Uniforms


Opinion essays call for your personal opinion on a particular topic. They usually concern some disputable issues that have their advocates and opponents. Here are some tips that will help you organize your thoughts and dwell on the positive side of wearing school uniforms.

  • List your ideas.
  • You should start with a pre-writing stage. Write the title of your essay, think it over, and record all the advantages of school uniforms that come to your mind. Do it on a separate sheet of paper that will serve as a rough draft. Write non-stop for 5-10 minutes until you run out of ideas.

  • Research your topic.
  • Read up on your issue in the Internet resources, newspaper articles, or watch interviews with professionals. You can use some facts in your essay to support your own ideas.

  • Develop a thesis statement.
  • After you’ve studied your topic you should firmly state your position. You should express it in the last sentence of your introductory paragraph. Make an arguable thesis statement that you’ll prove in the subsequent paragraphs. Also, formulate it in such a way that it is clear to the readers.

  • Create an outline.
  • Before you get to writing, organize the information you found during research and the ideas you generated during brainstorming into an outline. It will prevent you from getting stuck in the middle of the writing process thinking what to write next. Decide which idea will appear in each paragraph. Firstly, write a thesis statement that expresses your main idea. Secondly, think which other key ideas you’ll present in the body paragraphs. Write the topic sentences containing an important point for each paragraph. Also, prepare evidence and examples for each idea. Usually, two paragraphs are dedicated to your viewpoints and the third one is for introducing an opposing view or contrasting two opposing views (advantages and disadvantages). Thirdly, think how to conclude your essay by summarizing your opinion.

  • Write.
  • When you have an outline at hand your task is only to expand the paragraphs by developing and supporting your ideas. Make sure you provide enough evidence, facts, and references to prove your arguments.

  • Use opinion phrases.
  • For giving your opinion, presenting facts, and linking your ideas use the following phrases: in my opinion; personally, I think; I feel very strongly that; it is a fact that; it is true that; as a result; this is because; therefore; as well.

  • Proofread.
  • Always leave enough time for re-reading, proofreading, and editing.

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