67 Super Sentence Starters for Opinion Writing

Prompt students to take a stance on a given topic using these student-friendly (elementary, middle, high-school) sentence starters for opinion writing. 

Teachers know that students have strong opinions about certain subjects. However, learners sometimes need help activating and articulating their thoughts. 

These sentence starters for opinion writing offer the support learners need to share their opinions, preferences, and beliefs confidently. 

What’s more, the prompts encourage students to apply new writing skills, express their thoughts, challenge their beliefs, reflect on personal experiences, and think critically.

Even your most reluctant writers will be eager to move their pens or pencils!

Furthermore, these sentence starters for opinion writing prevent writer’s block resulting in students producing work much faster.

So have your class try a few of these opinion writing sentence starters this week. 

Sentence Starters for Opinion Writing

The following sentence starters for opinion writing work well with all grade levels.

1. I think…

2. My opinion of …

3. I disagree with…

4. I agree with…

5. My opinion is…

6. What I think is…

7. I feel…

8. The best thing about…

9. I prefer…

10. The worst thing about…

11. I can imagine that…

12. Of course, I believe…

13. My personal view is that…

14. I believe…

15. Have you ever thought of it like this…

16. The best way…

17. I really dislike/like this idea because…

18. Personally, I think…

19. I am strongly against/for…

20. The lack of facts leaves me…

21. Here’s my take on…

22. I might be wrong but…

23. _____ is better than _____ because…

24. I know…

25. If you liked _____ , then I think you will enjoy _____ because…

26. In my experience…

27. Some believe…

28. I suppose…

29. From what I know…

30. I am certain…

31. Everyone should…

32. I cannot deny that…

33. It seems to me that…

34. Let me state my opinion…

35. I believe one can safely say…

36. In my opinion…

37. On the other hand, I think/find/believe…

38. I am of the opinion that…

39. As far as I can understand…

40. I must admit that…

41. That is why I think…

42. I discovered that…

43. The best idea…

44. I am convinced that…

45. If I am not mistaken…

46. The best method…

47. I have mixed opinions about…

48. The flip side of…

49. As far as I can see…

50. I am not convinced that…

51. As I see it…

52. I have read that…

53. _____ is worse than _____ because…

54. I have mixed opinions about this because…

55. From my point of view…

56. I have read that…

57. It is claimed that…

58. After some thought, I believe…

59. As far as I know…

60. I take the view that…

61. Some think…

62. I am sure…

63. Some feel…

64. Here’s how I see it…

65. I would argue that…

66. My point is…

67. After some consideration, I think…

68. I still feel/think/believe…

69. To me, this is what it means…

These sentence starters for opinion writing help students express their thoughts about a particular topic.

Consider using them for morning work, to spark debates, to prompt class discussions in social studies block, or during writer’s workshop.

To support English as a Second Language students and/or struggling learners, provide them with a list of sentence starters for various types of writing that they can use whenever appropriate.

Doing so will help them express themselves in writing and orally much more fluidly.

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