Beginning and ending opinion essays

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In the first paragraph, you should state the topic and your opinion, and you may include one or more of the following techniques:

[Topic: State benefits should be available to all. Do you agree?]

  • Make reference to an unusual or striking idea/scene/situation

A man wakes up and sees well-shod feet rushing by within inches of his face. His filthy sleeping bag is damp and the cardboard box which shelters him is about to collapse. Yet he cannot afford a real home and state benefits are not available. This situation is not uncommon …

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to wake up on a cold pavement, knowing that you will have to spend the day wandering from place to place, penniless and hungry?

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.”
In the last paragraph, you should summarize your opinion and you may also include one or more of the following techniques:

  • Finish with a quotation

  • Ask a rhetorical question

  • Give the reader something to consider

All in all, I believe that all deserving people should receive state benefits so that they have the chance to lead productive and healthy lives. If you suddenly found yourself out of work and homeless, wouldn’t you expect the state to help you get back on your feet again?

A well-developed paragraph contains a clear topic sentence, which summarizes the contents of the paragraph, as well as a clear justification, explanation or example in support of the point presented!

A lot of women find it very difficult to return to work after having children. (Viewpoint) The main reason for this is that that there are rarely any provisions made for childcare in the workplace and, in these cases, women are forced to find someone look after the children while they are at work…. (Example)
There is no faster way to travel than by plane. (Viewpoint) You can go from one country to another in a matter of hours, which gives you more time to enjoy the actual purpose of your trip, rather than waste time travelling and dragging your luggage. (Example)

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