50 Amazing Opinion Writing Prompt Ideas

Opinion writing prompt ideas

Are you having trouble brainstorming some great opinion writing topics for your students to use during writing block or writer’s workshop? Many prompts have already been used year after year. I created a list of 50 opinion writing prompts that will get your kids thinking and may even spark some new ideas for you. Take a look at these fun topics and see what your creative kids can come up with!

In this blog post, I share 5 different category topics of opinion writing ideas to choose from. You will find 10 ideas in each category and once finished, you will walk away with FIFTY opinion writing prompt ideas! Fill out the form below to have all 50 sent to you in an easy, printable list that will help simplify your lesson planning! Get ready for an opinion writing template that will blow your mind.

50 Opinion Writing Prompt Ideas!

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Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on these opinion essay topics for your kids. Kids of all ages will enjoy these opinion writing prompts in first grade and beyond. They are a great starting point before diving into persuasive writing.

Prompts About Entertainment and Hobbies

A few opinion essay topics for students include the best place to vacation, the greatest movie ever made, the best sport to play, their favorite board game, or the best T.V. show at the time. Use these fun 3rd-grade opinion writing samples to spark creativity in your students’ writing. Some of these are great opinion questions for kids during discussions as well.

  1. Where would you choose and why if you could choose anywhere in the world to go on vacation?
  2. In your opinion, what was the best movie ever made and why?
  3. Based on the sports you enjoy, which is the best sport to play?
  4. Which would you choose if you had to play a board game with a family member or friends?
  5. What is your current favorite T.V. show and why?
  6. If you have a favorite place to go, where is it and why?
  7. In your opinion, what is something everyone should learn do to?
  8. Which is better, cooking or baking? Tell us why you think that.
  9. What is the best sport to watch someone else play? Why?
  10. Tell us about your favorite thing to do in the winter and why.
Opinion Writing Ideas

Prompts about Family and Friends

All kids love writing about their loved ones. These opinion writing prompts are a great way to let students express their opinions and share their home life with the class. Grab your writing paper and teach opinion writing in a fun way.

  1. How does a family member or friend make you feel loved, and why?
  2. Share your Mother or Father’s superpower. What makes you think they have this superpower?
  3. What is the nicest thing a friend could do for you?
  4. In your opinion, who is the strongest person in your family and why?
  5. Which of your friends would be the best person to take to the zoo and why?
  6. Of all of your friends, which would you take to see a superhero movie and why?
  7. Are you a middle child, an only child, or something else in your family tree? Do you like your position in your family tree?
  8. Which friend or family member gives you the best hugs? Tell us about them!
  9. What is a great trait for a friend to have? Traits might include being a good listener, a great hugger, or someone who is creative.
  10. Would you like to have a pen pal? Why or why not?
Opinion Writing Ideas

Prompts about School and Extracurricular Activities

Kids have wonderful opinions about school and their extracurricular activities, so they will thoroughly enjoy these opinion writing prompts. You will love hearing their thoughts about topics like: should kids have more or less homework, should kids have more or less recess, and uniforms in school.

  1. What is something you like to do when you are not at school and why might others like it as well?
  2. What is the best thing about the school playground and why?
  3. In your opinion, should kids have more or less homework?
  4. Do you think kids should be allowed more recess time? Why or why not?
  5. Should kids have to wear uniforms in school? Why or why not?
  6. What is a school special (music, dance, art) that you wish were offered at your school and why?
  7. If there was one lunch item you could add to the menu every day, what would it be?
  8. Which subject is your favorite and why?
  9. Should school go year-round? Why or why not?
  10. What is the best way to start the day in the classroom? Tell us about it and why it’s the best way.
Opinion Writing Ideas

Prompts about Favorite and Least Favorite Items

These opinion writing prompts are focused on favorite and least favorite items. Students get to write about their favorite foods, drinks, songs, and their least favorite vegetables. They will love sharing some of their favorites and some things they don’t love as much.

  1. Tell us what your least favorite vegetable is and why.
  2. Share your favorite candy and why it is your favorite.
  3. If you could bring one toy for show and tell what would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor and why?
  5. Which book could you read over and over again?
  6. If you had to eat one vegetable for the rest of your life, which would it be?
  7. Which season is your favorite and why?
  8. What is your favorite song at the moment and why?
  9. Do you have a favorite drink? What is it and why?
  10. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Opinion Writing Ideas

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50 Opinion Writing Prompt Ideas!

This FREE printable list of 50 opinion writing prompts ideas can be sent straight to your inbox! Simply drop your personal email address below & I’ll send it right over! 

*Using a school email address makes it very likely that you won’t receive your freebie! 

Prompts about Pets and Animals

Allow your students to put their thoughts to paper as they consider their pets and favorite animals with these opinion writing prompts. Let them explore favorite pets, the coolest animals, and even made-up animals.

  1. Convince your parents to let you have a special pet. Choose an animal you would love to have as a pet and tell us why they would make an amazing pet.
  2. Do you think cats should be able to live indoors and outdoors or one or the other?
  3. What is the coolest animal you have ever seen?
  4. Which animal is your favorite and why?
  5. Are there any animals that would make horrible pets? If so, choose one and tell us why.
  6. Pick one ocean animal. Why is it the coolest ocean animal of them all?
  7. If you could create your own pet, what would it be and why? (Think about a half-dog so it can bark and a half-lizard so it can catch bugs with its tongue.)
  8. Are there any animals you are afraid of? If so, which one and why?
  9. Think of an animal you would love to encounter in real life. Which animal is it and why?
  10. What is an animal trait you would love to have for yourself? Maybe you would like to fly like a bird or slither like a snake. Tell us why.
Opinion Writing Ideas

Opinion writing can be such a fun task for elementary students. They get to express their thoughts on paper and share them with the class. It’s always fun to hear their ideas while teaching persuasive writing. Using these 50 opinion writing prompt ideas is a fantastic way to get their creative juices flowing as they practice paragraph writing fluency. I hope you and your students love these opinion writing activities and can benefit from them while teaching opinion writing.

Try my Weekly Writing Prompts as well! These opinion writing worksheets are a great way to practice weekly. They are perfect for the classroom and come in print and digital downloads. Who knows, they may even spark more good opinion essay topics.

I hope you enjoy these prompts. They are great 2nd-grade writing prompts as well as for upper grades! Grab these free writing prompts for 3rd-grade students to explore new topics. If you need 4th grade journal writing prompts, these work well, or you can check out the posts below.

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