Students must construct a
well-structured 225-word opinion piece. It must be
interesting to read. To achieve this result, a student must take many things into consideration: Why is s/he writing the piece? Who is s/he writing for? What components are needed to write a good opinion piece?
preparation booklet is
not allowed during the writing of this evaluation. This means that arguments come from the student's own knowledge.
Evaluation of the
content is not based on reinvesment of ideas from the booklet. It is rather
based on the
student's reasoning. Consider the following when writing an opinion piece for the Ministerial exam:
guidelines found in the writing booklet;
morning of the written evaluation, be sure to
guidelines found in the
An opinion piece
- Answer the question given in the writing booklet;
- Present an
informed opinion to convince the audience (purpose);
- Take the
audience into consideration;
why the student is writing the piece. The general purpose of an opinion piece is to
who the student is writing for. A writer needs to
level of knowledge of the topic. Information would be presented differently depending on if the audience was 6 or 30 years old.
- Has to be captivating (hook the readers);
- Includes the
position statement. This is the
opinion the student presents. It must be
- Limits the use of "I";
- Avoids "In this text I will talk about...".
The student's opinion/position as to be clear and firm.
Ways to make an introduction interesting include
asking a question,
telling an anecdote, and
writing a description.
- It is
engaging to read. It must
hook the reader into wanting to read the text in its entirety.
convincing. This can be achieved by doing the following:
Be sure that the
well explained and
well supported. The student may want to address
counter arguments as a way to support some ideas.
use information that may be interesting and
connected to the position mentioned in the introduction. If the information is interesting but has no link to the position statement,
do not include it in the article.
- Structuring the
text in a logical way so it
flows smoothly from one paragraph to the next.
- Use transition words and phrases, or use ideas that are connected to one another to make your text structured and logical.
- Moreover, first, also, as a result, therefore, furthermore, second, third, consequently, even more, in addition, such as, in conclusion, for instance, finally, in short, on the contrary, however, for example, but, on the other hand, because,...
Must leave a
This may be done by
opening the discussion to a wider context, by including a strong statement, by asking a pertinent question or ending with a recommendation or a warning.