1. Hello. I enjoy reading your page. I am a 6th Grade ELA teacher and I have a question. When students are writing an informative paper, do you allow them to state their opinion?

  2. Generally, I have them avoid opinion in an informative/expository paper. Opinion works well in argumentative pieces, obviously. Perhaps it if it was a piece about varying opinions about some topic — a bit cheesy, but it’s about the only thing I could think of.

  3. Thank you for your response. I also asked the students to avoid using their opinion in an informative essay. It seems as though some students were taught prior to coming to me that it was okay to do that in their conclusion. I have always taught them if the question didn’t ask for your opinion, then don’t give it. I enjoy reading your web page! Thank you again.

  4. I think this probably comes from a lot of teachers using opinion writing as an easy way to get students writing. No research required. Little critical thinking. It makes it easier for younger children, I guess.

    My Honors classes focus almost exclusively on argumentative writing, which of course includes opinion backed by evidence — in my case in the English classroom, that means of course evidence from the text. But it takes a while to get kids to that point.

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