Homework Help: English: Writing: Opinion Pieces
by Emily McPherson
What do opinion pieces do?
The opinions included in the newspaper, are like extensions of letters, which give a more in-depth insight into a particular issue, by someone who has authority in that area. These opinions are generally articles which people have been invited to submit, and are hence paid for their contributions. In theory, the entire opinion piece should be that of the author, however I know from experience that the newspaper editors sensationalise the pieces (a lot), and in some cases can add in entire paragraphs which were never there.
- offer the writers views, insights, and experience
- may offer suggestions and indications as to outcomes of issues
- gives a personal view of the issue, but talking about experiences of the writer, and why they are involved in the particular issue
- attempts to influence or inform, often by compelling the audience
- deals with both sides of the argument, throughout the piece
- the presentation is often biased, but doesnŐt appear that way
- basically an extended letter to the editor
- the first paragraph introduces the issues, and states its relevance to society
- often gives a short summary of both sides to the issue
- the writer will say which side of the issue they are supporting
- will state experience of the situation, including specific examples of involvement
- offers suggestions and indications as to how this issue could be resolved
- will attempt to give both sides of the argument, but in a way which will support the author's intentions
- concludes with a short, often emotive, paragraph, that will sum up and prove the point. Often it is used to make the reader question the ethics of the certain situation.