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36 Opinion Writing Prompts for Students

Welcome! You are invited to use this list of 36 opinion writing prompts in your classroom with your students or for your personal writing inspiration to develop your own opinion and viewpoint on a topic.

Opinion Writing Prompts

Yes, A Writer’s Opinion Matters

Opinion essays, or persuasive writing, require that writers — of any age — present opinions on a specific topic. They usually begin with a strong opinion statement and then use supporting examples and evidence to support the argument.

This type of writing requires critical thinking, helps to develop writing skills, and, best of all, boosts a writer’s confidence in the expression of ideas and opinions.

People often aren’t aware of the strong opinions they have until they begin exploring them. Writing offers an excellent way to begin thinking and writing and persuasive ways.

Writing down your opinions can be difficult at first, and sometimes so prompts can help you get started. Use these opinion writing prompts to get better at personal essay writing and expressing your ideas, thoughts, and opinions.

36 Opinion Writing Prompts for Students

I hope you use this set of free writing prompts dedicated to expressing your point of view with your student writers. From 5th grade writers to high school students, this list of ideas is packed full of excellent topics.

  1. Is there ever a reason to ban books? If no, write about why. If yes, explain what circumstances might lead to a book ban.
  2. Teachers grade their students, but should students have the opportunity to grade their teachers? Why or why not?
  3. Do you feel like technology actually makes us feel more alone?
  4. Should video games be recognized as a sport?
  5. What is your opinion on playing school sports? Should kids be required to participate?
  6. What’s your opinion on school uniforms? Do you think they help or hurt the learning experience?
  7. What things should be done to save the environment?
  8. What impact do you think social media has on people today? Is it good or bad?
  9. Should community college be provided free to give individuals an education after high school?
  10. Do you think students should still learn cursive writing? Why not, or why?
  11. In your opinion, when should kids be allowed to have cellphones?
  12. What book do you think all students should be encouraged to read?
  13. Should everyone receive a participation award in sports, or should there still be winners and losers?
  14. Do you believe honesty is always the best policy? Why or why not?
  15. At what age do you believe kids should start driving?
  16. Is in-person learning more effective than online learning? Why or why not?
  17. At what age do you really think young people become adults?
  18. Do you think money can buy you happiness?
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  19. What, in your opinion, is the ultimate dessert? What makes it stand out?
  20. Do you believe that everyone has a responsibility to vote when they can?
  21. Do you agree or disagree with the old adage: “You can’t judge a book by its cover?” Give reasons for that opinion.
  22. What are things you believe humans should not do using technology?
  23. Is there ever a good reason to lie? Explain and provide examples.
  24. Do you feel safe at school? If not, what could be done to make you feel safer?
  25. What is your opinion on homework? Is it helpful or not?
  26. Do you believe that having a job you love is important, or is money more important?
  27. Should school be in session all year long? Why or why not?
  28. It’s often said that you must show yourself friendly to gain friends. Is this true?
  29. Do you think that students should have the opportunity to choose their teachers?
  30. How do you feel about recycling? Why?
  31. Is it better to read books digitally or in print?
  32. Do you believe aliens exist? Why or why not?
  33. What do you think about space travel?
  34. Choose a technological advancement you feel the world would be better without. Explain.
  35. Since bullying is a common problem — both online and offline — how do you feel that it should be addressed?
  36. Do you think that there should be an age requirement for using social media? What should that age requirement be? Why?

There you go… that’s our awesome list of opinion writing prompts. Now, get to it and write…

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