Topic sentence the topic sentence should clearly state what your opinion or belief is

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A paragraph is a group of sentences that focus on a specific idea, which can be developed in the form of a story, a description, an explanation or an opinion.

The three basic parts of the paragraph are:

  1. The topic sentence

  2. The Body

  3. The Concluding sentence

The topic sentence introduces your topic – it tells the reader what you will be writing about.

The body is the main part of the paragraph. This is where you tell the reader about your topic by including specific details.

The concluding sentence reminds the reader what the topic of the paragraph is really about.

Read through the following paragraph, find and highlight the topic and concluding sentences.

Opinion Paragraphs

Opinion paragraph explain a person’s point of view or opinion on a subject.

Topic sentence - the topic sentence should clearly state what your opinion or belief is.


Although the idea of extra-terrestrials has been debated for decades, I believe that they exist.

In my opinion, there is no Loch Ness Monster.

After researching the topic, I think that it is possible that the Yeti does exist.

By reading through the evidence, it is clear to me that there is no Bigfoot.

The body – the body of the paragraph contains sentences that support or help to prove your opinion is correct. Try to be as specific and detailed as possible – remember you are trying to convince your reader that you are right! Here are some good transition words / sentence beginnings:

  • Firstly

  • Secondly

  • Also

  • Therefore

  • Finally

The concluding sentence - he concluding sentence should remind people of what you just wrote.


As you can see, the evidence clearly points to the existence of the Loch Ness Monster.

Although questions may still remain about this creature, I am convinced that there is no such animal as a Yeti.

In summary, it is obvious to me that aliens exist.

Opinion Paragraph Checklist

Have you…

_____ written a topic sentence that clearly states your opinion?

_____ written 3-5 specific sentences in your body which help to convince your readers that your opinion is correct?

_____ written a concluding sentence that sums up your opinion on the subject?

_____ used transition words in-between your detail sentences?

_____ chosen words that help persuade your readers that your opinion is correct?

_____ used facts / evidence in your detail sentences to prove your opinion?

_____ written an interesting, relative title that is NOT “Bigfoot Exists” or “The Loch Ness Monster Doesn’t Exist?”

_____ checked that all your sentences make sense?

_____ checked that your spelling is correct?

_____ checked that you have used capitals where they belong?

_____ checked that you have used end punctuation and commas correctly?

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