Statements of Position

The students have continued to work really hard to write a persuasive statement of position. 

We have been learning that when writing a statement of position, we need to:

  • State the topic.
  • State our opinion.
  • Use high modality words and language of opinion.
  • State three arguments in one sentence.
  • Ask a rhetorical question.

It is important to include a rhetorical question in order to persuade the reader to agree with your opinion.

Rhetorical question starters include the following.

  • How could you (we) possibly..?
  • Do you really think…?
  • What would happen if…?
  • Could your conscience cope with..?
  • Is it really worth..?
  • Do you want to be part of..?

Listen and watch some students present their statements of position.

Can you hear the features of a statement of position in the videos? Provide examples.

Continue to copy and paste your approved statements of position from the Google doc into a comment on this post. 


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15 responses to “Statements of Position

  1. Jennifer.A

    Dear 5W and Miss Azzopardi,

    I think everyone has been doing a great job on statement of position!
    If you saw me and Josephine’s statement of position we used:
    -High modality words
    -States our 3 reasons
    -Sanguage of opinion
    -Our opinion
    Good job everyone keep!!!up the good work 🙂


  2. Dear 5 White & Miss Azzopardi,

    Did you see mine? It had all these things so it made it perfect:
    -3 reasons
    -high modality words
    -stated opinion
    -language of opinion
    And I think all the other statements of position had them…..
    I have been working on my statement of position on the document and look what I have achieved:
    I strongly believe that all children should wear a school uniform. You can’t deny that school uniforms allow students to represent their school, prevent bullying and if students are on a excursion they will not get lost. Do you want to get bullied, get lost on excursions and not represent your school?

    Hope you liked it,
    Andrea 🙂

  3. Dear Five White & Miss Azzopard,

    Wow, I never knew you guys improved a lot. Keep up the awesome work!
    Today I found really good exposition language, like:

    – I Strongly believe
    – The Majority of people
    – I Definitely believe
    – It is my belief that
    – Certainly
    – Can

    Thanks for posting!
    Cecilia 😉

    • Dear Cecilia,

      Your right if you look at our very first statement of position you will laugh then if you look at these you will just say WOW……. I saw all of those exposition language that’s what made them great!


  4. Dear Five White & Miss Azzopardi,

    These statement of positions are truly amazing!

    Cecilia 😉

    • Natalie

      Dear Cecilia,
      I definitely agree with you! They are all equally amazing! I could hear all the things a statement of position needs. All these children will do well in Naplan if they are going to write a exposition!

      Kind regards,

  5. Dear 5w and Miss Azzopardi,

    In Jennifer A’s and my statement of position is great like the other students in our statement of position i definitely heard …
    -3 strong and persuading arguments
    -high modality words
    -our opinions
    – persuading rhetorical question
    -language of opinion
    Keep it up

    Nice work,

    • Cecilia

      Dear Josephine,

      Wow, You’ve remembered to write all of the features! You have definitely learnt a lot.

      Awesome Job!

  6. Anthony

    Dear Five White and Miss Azzopadi,

    I think that everybody did a fantasic job on their statement of position by including
    – high modality words
    – Language of opinon
    – Retorical Question
    – 3 strong reasons
    – Topic sentence
    – State your opinon
    and they are the reasons why everybody wrote a good statement of positon.


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