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In Your Opinion

Write what you think for print and online media

Equip your students with the tools they need to be more than passive consumers of the opinion writing that is all-pervasive in both traditional and online media today. With In Your Opinion they can become active readers and effective opinion writers as well by developing their skills in critical thinking, research and the language of persuasion. The resource begins by exploring the distinction between facts and opinion and shows how opinion writers can use facts to good effect in their writing. It then takes students through the process of producing different forms of opinion writing, including editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and reviews. Extension activities also feature throughout.

Ages: 12-17 | Pages: 55 | Code: 5881 | ISBN: 9781776550661

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Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson is a Canadian teacher and freelance writer who is currently based in New Zealand. She teaches English and history at the secondary school level, and initiated the media studies programme at Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka, New Zealand. Over the past 15 years, her articles, columns and reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites based in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Contents

Introduction4
Features of this book4
Section 1: What is opinion?5
The purpose of opinion5
Types of opinion writing6
Purpose, audience and tone8
Section 2: First, the facts12
Facts about facts12
Fact finding12
Three from three15
Crazy for quotes16
Using quotes correctly17
Section 3: Writing an editorial19
Choosing a topic21
Looking at logic23
Get writing25
Section 4: Writing a column28
All about columns28
Choosing a topic29
Coming full circle30
Set the tone31
Getting sporty32
Section 5: Writing a letter to the editor37
What's in a letter to the editor?38
Formatting a letter to the editor39
Section 6: Writing a review43
Are you positive or negative?43
Where's the evidence?44
Section 7: Online opinion 50 G
et blogging50
Open journalism52
Glossary53
Selected activity answers54