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Op-ed Part I

An op-ed is a short (maximum length three paragraphs or 500 words) opinion piece where someone tries to persuade someone towards a certain view point using a combination of facts and personal experiences and beliefs. You will usually find an op-ed on the opposite side of the editorial section in your local newspaper. Learn how to express and edjucated opinion through this journalism tool. 

First, find the op-ed section of your local paper to get a sense of the opinionated style. Read one or three pieces. 

Second, as a practice, write a humorous op-ed about a decision your parents or guardian recently made that you disagree with. In 500 words or less, bring in the facts about why your opinion is the correct opinion. 

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