Statements of Position

Five White are learning how to write an exposition. The purpose of an exposition is to persuade the reader to agree with the author.

There are three main parts in an exposition.

  • Statement of position
  • A series of arguments with supporting evidence
  • A conclusion

The students have been working really hard to write a persuasive statement of position. A statement of position requires the following.

  • High modality words
  • Language of opinion
  • The topic
  • The author’s opinion
  • Three strong arguments in one sentence
  • A rhetorical question 

Here are some great examples of persuasive statements of position from students in Five White.

I absoloutely believe that children under 11 should not use the internet. It is thought that children don’t often act responsibly on the internet, children will click on spam images which will lead to the computer being infected by a virus and children are likely to be cyber bullied which can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness. Would you like your child to be sad? – Nathan

I strongly believe that watching  a movie is better than reading a book. From my experience, watching a movie is better than reading a book as the audience can see it and not have to imagine it, the audience will find it more interesting and entertaining. Would you like to watch a movie rather than read a book? – Anthony

I strongly believe that children should wear a school hat. It is true to say that hats protect children from getting sun burnt, protect you from skin cancer and getting a headache. Do you want your children to have skin cancer? – Phillip

I absoloutely believe that all children should participate in a sport. You can’t doubt that if children participate in a sport, they will be more social, more fit and it will give them cooperative skills. Do you want your children to be fit and happy? – Andrea

I absoloutely believe that watching a movie isn’t better than reading a book. It is fair to say that watching a movie isn’t better than reading a book because it uses your imagination, it helps you expand your vocabulary and you can become a better reader. Would you like to train your skills of imagination, expand your vocabulary and become a better reader? – Natalie

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Can you identify the features of a statement of position within the examples?

Once your statement of position in the Google doc has been approved, place it in a comment below. 

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34 responses to “Statements of Position

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  2. Natalie

    Dear 5W and Miss Azzopardi,
    Wow!! They are fantastic statement of positions. I can definitely see the features within a statement of a position which are:

    High modality words
    Language of opinion
    The topic
    The author’s opinion
    Three strong arguments in one sentence
    A rhetorical question
    Without a doubt, they are all amazing thanks to Miss Azzopardi.

    Kind regards,
    Natalie

  3. Natalie

    Dear Five White and Miss Azzopardi,
    I worked really hard to create a persuasive statement of position. Take a look:
    I undoubtedly believe that it is not cruel to keep animals in zoos. I am of the opinion that animals are safe in zoos as they prevent extinction, it helps animals survive in a worry free environment and it keeps people educated about animals. Would you like to prevent extinction, keep animals in a worry free environment and be educated about animals?

    Hope you like it! 🙂
    Kind regards,
    Natalie

    • Bella

      Dear natalie,

      That was an amazing statement of position. I could defineley see
      High Modality words
      Three strong arguments in a sentence
      The topic
      the opinion
      Rhetorical question

      You seemed to have worked really hard i give it a 10/10

      Peace,
      Bella

      • Natalie

        Dear Bella,
        Thank you for reading my statement of position and being able to rate it out of ten. How’s your statement of position going? Even though I haven’t seen it I think it’s pretty good that you will be able to put on the blog.

        Yours truly,
        Natalie

  4. Jennifer.A

    Dear 5 White and Miss Azzopardi,

    I made a great statement of position and i think i worked realy hard on it. Here it is:
    I absolutely believe that too much television is bad for you. It is a fact that children can damage their eyes, watch inappropriate things and not spend critical time with their family. Have your children been watching too much television?
    Hope you like it

    Sincerley,
    Jennifer.A

    • Natalie

      Dear Jennifer,
      You definitely worked hard on your statement of position because it is good, that you have convinced me! Great job! What topic are you going to do next?

      Yours truly,
      Natalie

  5. Bella

    Dear Jennifer A,

    You made a great statment of position.I could see all the things that yu needed to put in there, Congratulations.

    Yours truly,
    Bella

  6. Isabella.n

    Dear five white and miss Azzopardi,

    I thought all of the statements of position were AMAZING!!! they were s good and i agreed with all of them too. Now i know what a statement of position needs off by heart watch.
    High Modality words
    Three strong arguments in a sentence
    The topic
    the opinion
    Rhetorical question

    Kind Regards,
    Isabella.n

    • Natalie

      Dear Isabella,
      I definitely agree with you. All of the statement of positions were amazing apart from mine. How is your statement of position going? Even though I don’t know what it is about I’m pretty sure that yours is certainly amazing.

      Sincerely,
      Natalie

  7. Anthony

    Dear Five white and Miss Azzopardi,

    I believed that all the statement of positions were amazing because they all added:

    Statement of positions
    They stated the topic
    There was an opinion
    Three strong arguments
    Rhetorical question
    High modality words
    so those are all the statement of position needs. Hope you learnt about how to write a perfect statement of position.

    Sincerley
    Anthony

    • Andrea

      Dear Anthony,

      Yep all of the Statement of potions added those things and that’s what made it become perfect! I have learnt as much as I need to know.

      Sincerely,
      Andrea

  8. amanda

    Dear Miss Azzopardi and Five White,

    I thought that the statements of position were amazing because they all included these things:
    High modality words
    Language of opinion
    Three strong arguments
    A rhetorical question
    The authors opinion
    The stated the topic
    These are the things you need to write a statement of position. I hope you learnt something.

    sincerely,
    Amanda

    • Andrea

      Dear Amanda,

      Same as me i thought they were amazing because they included all those things! Thats really what they need to have a perfect statement of position.

      Sincerely,
      Andrea

  9. jamie

    Dear 5 White and Miss Azzopardi,

    I have really enjoyed all the things you have taught me about Statements of positions, I really enjoyed it.

    Check out my Statement of position below.

    I absolutely believe that too much television is bad for you.
    It is fair to say that too much television is bad for you because it may damage your eye sight,you could get headaches from the bright colours and it will not help you to concentrate on your school work.Do you want to have bad marks at school?

    Kind regards,
    Jamie:)

    • Andrea

      Dear Jamie,

      Wow i really like your statement of postion. It sure did convince me that too much television is bad for you! I abosolutley believe that you statement of positon is perfect! Have i convinced you that your statement of position is perfect?

    • Bella

      Dear Jamie,

      Your statement of position had everything that it needed to. It was awesome, all three arguments were listed in one sentence im may damage your eyesight , get headaches and it wont make you concentrate in school.

      Sincerely,
      Bella

  10. Bella

    Dear Five White,

    I have tried really hard on my statement of position,
    I hope you enjoy it .

    It is foolish to deny that all children should certainly complete
    household chores. It is true to say that children should complete household chores as they can definitely learn to be more responsible, become more independent and children will learn important skills. Do you want your children to be more responsible, independent and learn important skills?

    Yours truly,
    Bella

    • Andrea

      Dear Bella,

      I really liked your Statement of Position! You added everything you needed to add! The best thing i liked about it has to be the language of opinion “it is foolish to deny” That is a year 5 standard and i think all year 5 should have that kind of language of opinion.

      Sincerely,
      Andrea

  11. Andrea

    Dear 5 White & Miss Azzopardi,

    ON the document Miss Azzopardi mad i have worked really hard to write a perfect one here it is:
    I absolutely believe that all children should complete household chores. The majority of people believe that if children do their chores they can become more responsible, learn to be neat and learn important skills. What would happen if children didn’t complete their household chores?

    What do you think of it?

    Sincerely,
    Andrea

  12. Andrea

    Dear 5 White & Miss Azzopardi,

    Hi again I’m back to shoe you another statement of position because of the document it really helps me and others to write a perfect statement of position 🙂 Take a look:
    I strongly believe that too much television is bad for you. It is true to say that if you watch too much television you can damage your eyesight, get addicted and it can cause laziness. Is it worth missing out on family time just to watch t.v?

    So what do you think of it now have I improved and is it perfect?

    Regards,
    Andrea

    • Dear Andrea,

      Nice statement of position! I loved the language of opinion you wrote ( It is true to say )! You have improved a lot but to make it perfect work 0.01% harder.

      Kind Regards,
      Cecilia 😉

      • Andrea

        Dear Cecilia,

        Hahahaha you are soo funny! I have improved a lot beacuse of Miss Azzopardi she has taught year 5 soo much about statement of positions! I liked my statement of opinion too because it is year 5 standard.

        Sincerely,
        Andrea

  13. Andrea

    Dear 5 White & Miss Azzoopardi,

    Hello again 🙂 I have been here several times because of the document Miss Azzopardi is saying all my statement of positions are perfect! So here is another one of them:
    I strongly believe that children shouldn’t eat lollies everyday. From my experience children will have rotten teeth, be unhealthy and overweight. Could your conscience cope with your children growing up to be unhealthy and overweight?

    What do you think of it?

    Sincerely,
    Andrea

  14. amanda

    Dear miss Azzopardi & 5 White,

    I have worked really hard on this statement of position,
    I hope you like it.

    I absolutely believe that too much television is bad for you. It is true to say that to much television is bad for you because it can damage your eyes, some shows and movies can contain violence and it distracts children from homework. Do you want your children to watch inappropriate movies, have incomplete homework and problems with their eyesight?

    sincerely,
    Amanda

  15. Natalie

    Dear 5W and Miss Azzopardi,
    I have been working hard on this statement of position:

    I absolutely believe that children should keep the playground clean. It’s foolish to deny, that children should keep the playground clean as it keeps birds away, animals will will not get hurt and if children don’t keep the playground clean it will end up as a rubbish dump. Would you like to keep the birds away, prevent animals from death and avoid creating a rubbish dump?

    Hope you like it :D,
    Natalie

  16. Alicia

    Dear: Five White and Miss.Azzopardi,

    I was reading Natalie’s statement of position. I think Natalie did such a great job on her statement of position. Well done to the rest of the people it was great.

    Kind regards,
    Alicia

  17. Tony Boer

    I would love my students to be able to use a sharing format like this. Where is the template for it?

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