Opinion Essay Worksheet 2nd Grade

Introduce the idea of opinions

  • "What is an opinion? How can you share-by describing and writing-what you think is best?"  (slide 2)
  •  "Opinions must have reasons and examples. You have to support your opinion with good reasons and examples. Otherwise it's just a statement that's unconvincing."  (slide 3-4)  Talk with the kids about giving reasons and opinions.
  • "I'm writing one paragraph today so I'll share an opinion, give a reason and 2 examples."
  • "A good writer needs 'transitions'  These are words such as 'because', 'also', and 'too'. They help the writing sounds smooth and they link up the reasons and examples." I put these linking words on the whiteboard.


Share how to write about opinions

  • "Today we'll write about the kind of desserts we like.  We'll be using an organizer called 'the OREO organizer'."
  • I explained the acronym 'OREO' and showed the examples to the kids on the powerpoint.
  • Go through slides 5-11. Here's a peek of my explanation of the acronym.
  • Focus on the sample opinions in the powerpoint. I did tailor these to my kids because I know the girls like pink and 'IronMan' is a popular movie. You could change these on the powerpoint to what is popular for your students.
  • Focus on distinguishing reasons from examples. We spent several minutes talking about how reasons support the opinion. There has to be a direct line of support. We also talked about how examples have to be linked to the reason


Model how to write a paragraph

  • "If I'm going to write my opinion, I need to get organized. Here's an organizer - I'll keep my phrases short and then write longer sentences in my draft." Take a look at my discussion of the organizer.
  • "I'm going to pick 'oreos' as my favorite dessert."
  • "I'll write an opinion in the organizer  - 'the best dessert - oreos'. That's the introduction."
  • "Now I need reasons and an example. 'Taste wonderful' is my reason, and 'chocolatey' is an example of how they taste."
  • "Let me add a second example - 'good to dip in milk'. Could an example be that they're brown? - no because brown is not example that supports that reason."
  • "Now I'll restate my opinion at the end.  'favorite dessert - oreos'. That's the conclusion. 
  • "Next, I need to transfer my ideas to the lined paper and make sentences. I'll add linking words to connect the opinion, reasons and examples. Watch as I do this.  
    • Oreos are the best dessert. They taste wonderful because they are so chocolatey.  In addition, this cookie is good to dip in milk and gets soft. Oreos are definitely my favorite dessert.
  • "That's my opinion paragraph about oreos. I have an opinion at the beginning, a reason with 2 examples, and then an opinion restated at the end." Take a look at the completed whiteboard that we created.


I'm purposefully keeping this task straightforward because there are a lot of underlying skills to be practiced. The kids need to be able to state and restate a clear opinion, so I've limited the topics and given a clear model. They need to have a clear reason with supporting examples. I chose food because it's more concrete and the reasons can be similar across whichever dessert they choose. Then they also need to have good examples, which, again, have to be relevant to the reason. There was a lot of discussion while I modeled and I want to keep the task simple so that we have plenty of time. My students are using transition words, writing a paragraph, indenting-all skills introduced in previous lessons.

Fact and Opinion Worksheet Activities

Whether they are analyzing literature or informational texts, it is important for students to recognize the difference between a fact and an opinion. A fact is statement proven to be true. An opinion is a stated preference or idea, which may vary from source to source or person to person. You may view and download these worksheets by clicking on the title below. They are free for you to print and use at home or in class.Be sure to check out all of our reading worksheets. If you're looking for more activities, check out www.readingvine.com's fact and opinion reading passages.

Fact and Opinion Worksheet: Switch It Up!

This worksheet asks your student to turn facts into opinions and opinons into facts!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12

Fact or Opinion Activity: I Think and I Know

In this worksheet your student will write facts and opinions about a variety of subjects.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12

Fact or Opinion Activity: The Battle of the Cards

Here’s a fun game for students to learn the difference between facts and opinions!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12

Fact vs. Opinion Worksheet Activity: Do You Know Elephants?

The mighty elephant is the focus of this fact or opinion worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12

Is It a Fact or an Opinion?

Time to identify the facts and opinions!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12

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