Kids exercising indoors on rubber mats
Should children be required to exercise?

Grade 4 Writing - Topic Structure

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Opinion pieces should introduce a topic clearly. Then students needs to state their opinions by answering the question in the prompt. Students should brainstorm ideas that will provide support or evidence for their opinion. The ideas should be grouped according to their similarities. In this quiz, students will answer questions about writing opinion pieces.

1.
You are writing an opinion essay about the following prompt.
Prompt: Should children be required to exercise?
You brainstorm a list. The following is part of your list about children exercising at least once a day.

* grow stronger
* have more energy
* won’t get sick as often

How are these ideas related?
They are all causes of exercising
They are all easy to do
They all can be fun
They are all results of exercising
These items would be the result of exercising every day
2.
You are writing an opinion essay about the following prompt.
Prompt: What animal helps people the most?
You brainstorm a list. The following is part of your list about how dogs help people.

* make people feel better when they are sad
* are a friend to humans
* will walk with a human

How are these ideas related?
They all provide a service for the disabled
They are all chores dogs do
They are all about visiting those who are lonely
They all comfort people
This is a list of things that dogs do to comfort people
3.
Which of the following is an opinion for the writing prompt?
Prompt: Should children be required to exercise?
Children usually exercise in their gym class
Eating healthy is more important than exercising
Exercise could include playing sports
Children should exercise at least once a day
This is an opinion and answers the prompt
4.
Which of the following would be a good way to introduce the topic below in an opinion essay?
Topic: DOGS
My dog's name is Sport since he likes to run a lot
Dogs are my favorite type of pet
Dogs have saved many people's lives
Every dog has a tail
This statement should grab the reader's attention
5.
You are writing an opinion essay about the following prompt.
Prompt: What animal helps people the most?
You brainstorm a list. The following is part of your list about how dogs help people.

* help the blind
* help those who can't walk well
* help the deaf

How are these ideas related?
They are all about visiting those who are lonely
They all comfort people
They all provide a service for the disabled
They are all chores dogs do
This list shows ways that dogs provide services for the disabled
6.
Which of the following would be a good way to introduce the topic below in an opinion essay?
Topic: WATER
People should drink water every day
Water is the most important thing on Earth
The worst water is in the oceans
Not everyone in the world can get to water when they need it
This attention-grabbing statement should be a fact and not an opinion
7.
You are writing an opinion essay about the following prompt.
Prompt: Should children be required to exercise?
You brainstorm a list. The following is part of your list about children exercising at least once a day.

* places to exercise are all around you
* can be done at school
* everyone can exercise outside

How are these ideas related?
They are all results of exercising
They all can be fun
They are all easy to do
They are all causes of exercising
These things show how exercising can be easy to do
8.
Which of the following is an opinion for the writing prompt?
Prompt: Which chore is the most difficult?
Every chore is difficult
The most difficult chore to do is cleaning the bathroom
Difficult chores should be done last
Chores are the tasks people do to clean their houses
This statement answers the prompt with an opinion
9.
You are writing an opinion essay about the following prompt.
Prompt: Should children be required to exercise?
You brainstorm a list. The following is part of your list about children exercising at least once a day.

* can include playing
* meet friends
* get to play with a group

How are these ideas related?
They all can be fun
They are all easy to do
They are all causes of exercising
They are all results of exercising
These reasons explain how exercising can be fun to do
10.
You are writing an opinion essay about the following prompt.
Prompt: What animal helps people the most?
You brainstorm a list. The following is part of your list about how dogs help people.

* get the newspaper for its owner
* listen for people coming into the house
* get the slippers for its owner

How are these ideas related?
They are all chores for dogs
They all provide a service for the disabled
They all comfort people
They are all about visiting those who are lonely
These are the chores that dogs do at the house to help people
Author:  Amy Flanders

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