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Oakridge- O.S.S.L.T. Prep Writing a Series of Paragraphs Series of Paragraphs Expressing An Opinion Learning Goals: You will be able to analyse and discuss the features and components of a series of

paragraphs expressing an idea/an opinion essay You will be able to organize your ideas and support for writing a series of paragraphs expressing an opinion Expressing an Opinion 1.

Watch a short video of Rick Mercers expressing an opinion about distracted driving. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2678274749 2. Was Mercers OPINION clear? How did he support his opinion? Did he provide a strong argument against distracted driving? Expressing an Opinion

1. Watch the video again and pay attention to the points Mercer includes in his argument. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2678274749 OSSLT Sample This is what the task will look like on the OSSLT. It is always the first task in

Booklet 2 OSSLT Sample This is what the task will look like on the OSSLT Answer Booklet. Write it the Answer Booklet. Looking at an exemplar... Read the opinion essay/series of paragraphs (link below) expressing an opinion about the prompt:

Should Dogs Be Banned From Public Parks? What do you notice about the features and components of this opinion essay? Use a highlighter and/or make notes in the margins to indicate what you notice. Link to Exemplar Did you notice the following things while reading? Is the essay about the topic given? (Are the following ideas addressed

in the essay: dogs, banned; public; park?) Does the essay have 5 paragraphs? (an introductory paragraph, 3 body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph) Is each paragraph indented? Is the opinion stated in the first paragraph? It is clear that the author agrees OR disagrees with the statement? (NOT both) In the three body paragraphs that support the authors opinion, have they given a reason in each paragraph and relevant examples/facts to

support them? Does the authors conclusion restate his/her position and summarize his/her main ideas? Two more tips for writing the OSSLT series of paragraphs/opinion essay: Create rough notes (in the space provided) BEFORE you start writing the series of paragraphs Take time to re-read your series of paragraphs once you have finished and make any

necessary changes Now lets practice! Writing a series of paragraphs/opinion essay... Working in small groups you will be given a writing prompt.

Decide whether you AGREE or DISAGREE with the statement. Write out your groups statement. Brainstorm your ideas about how you would support your argument. Indicate the three (3) major supports you would use in your series of paragraphs Statement: (agree OR disagree) ____________________________________________________________________ Paragraph/Argument 1 Paragraph/ Argument 2 -

Writing Prompts Example topics (CHOOSE ONE): Should the school year be 12 months instead of 10 months a year? Should the minimum age for getting a drivers license be raised? Is what you are learning at school affecting the way you live your life right now? Should the use of cellphones be banned at school?

Should school uniforms be mandatory? When you are finished writing, share your arguments for the series of paragraphs/opinion essay with another group Introduce your opinion by giving your argument statement (Agree or Disagree) Explain each of your three arguments Finish by emphasizing your overall argument (conclusion) Listen to your partner feedback on the following:

Did they have a clear argument (only argued one side?) as a part of their introduction? Did they have strong, well-explained details/facts for all three supporting arguments? Did they finish with a strong conclusion? Optional Activity: Slides 14 and 15 If not doing the optional activity go to slide 16.

As a class, use the statement below to create 3 examples and proof for the 3 body paragraphs for the series of paragraphs. Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job? Statement of Opinion: High school students should not have a part-time job.... Point # 1: Examples/Proof

Point # 2: Examples/Proof Point # 3: Examples/Proof As a class, use the statement below to create 3 examples and proof for the 3 body paragraphs for the series of paragraphs. Is it a good idea for high school students to have a part-time job? Statement of Opinion: High school students should have a part-time job

Point # 1: Examples/Proof Point # 2: Examples/Proof Point # 3: Examples/Proof Oakridge - O.S.S.L.T. Prep

Additional Supports: When: Thurs Mar 21 - Tues Mar 26, Lunch Where: Rm 226 Who: Everyone! For

further tips and information to help you prepare for the OSSLT: Getting Ready: http://www.eqao.com Online Practice Test http://gsuitehelp.ca/osslt/

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