Posted: November 1st, 2015
please write a two-page, double-spaced 12pt font opinion piece on a topic of your choice, but a topic that has recently been in the news.
An op-ed (meaning opposite the editorial page of the newspaper) is an opinion piece that presents a writer’s researched and informed opinion of a newsworthy topic. Although these pieces – usually about 500 words in length – are called opinion pieces, they are not just rants by disgruntled readers, for those you have to go to the Letters-to-the-Editor section, and an opinion piece is NOT a letter to the editor. People who are experts in areas such as political science, economics, business management, education, sports and so on, write opinion pieces to clarify an issue, raise a point not covered by the media, or to counter another writer’s work. Only one topic is addressed, and opinion pieces often quote supporting sources.
With that in mind, please write a two-page, double-spaced 12pt font opinion piece on a topic of your choice, but a topic that has recently been in the news.
Your assignment will be graded according to the accuracy of the op-ed format – remember, it is not a rant, and not a letter to the editor – the logic and reasoning behind your argument, and the syntactical quality of your writing.
Please support your opinion with at least TWO sources.
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