Truly, is there anything kids (and adults) like more than giving their opinion? Opinion (or persuasive) is some of my favorite writing to do with students because with engaging and kid-friendly opinion writing prompts, you can pull in even the most reluctant writer.
Opinion vs Persuasive Writing
Before we jump into the prompts let’s keep in mind that there is a difference between writing an opinion and writing a persuasive piece. Opinion writing is stating your opinion and explaining why you feel or think that way. Persuasive writing is convincing others that your opinion is correct. Persuasive writing is more emotional. You can use the prompts below for either type of writing.
If you’re looking for a little more help teaching opinion writing we’ve got you! If you’re teaching persuasive writing, have your students focus on the power of because to help convince their readers!
Without further ado, here are 30+ opinion writing prompts to use with your students.
School & Home Opinion Writing Prompts
Silly Opinion Writing Prompts
Interest Specific Prompts
When I have reluctant writers I incorporate their interests as much as possible. If my class is working on opinion or persuasive writing I will pull directly from the things they love the most.
Visual Writing Rubric
Sometimes students don’t know exactly what is expected of them in terms of writing or they are simply at different levels of mastery. Displaying a visual writing rubric can help students understand what they’re striving towards.
Download Visual Rubrics HERE
Opinion Writing Mentor Texts
If you’re just starting to teach your students how to flex those opinion writing muscles, 14 Mentor Texts to Introduce Opinion Writing is a great place to start.
Opinion Writing Pages
If you want endless prompt ideas, our no-prep writing pages bundle includes differentiated monthly prompts for opinion writing, informational writing, narrative writing, and free writes too! Digital versions of each prompt are also included.
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Remember, our students love to express opinions about things that matter to them. If you’re having a hard time finding an engaging prompt for a student, figure out what they love and ask them to describe why they love it. Even better, ask them to talk you into loving it just as much as they do!