What is the difference between an
opinion, and a supported opinion?
It is crucial to back up your opinions with
evidence when writing in an informative or
Without support, your opinion holds no
grounds, and it is less likely that people will
agree with you.
Poorly Supported Opinion
Lacks evidence of research.
Uses sources which are not considered
reputable (eg. “A friend of the couple…”)
Leaves out important facts or information.
Is obviously biased.
Is racist, sexist, or otherwise prejudiced.
Well Supported Opinion
Has plenty of evidence of research,
experience or other ‘proof’.
Identifies sources of information.
Uses legitimate sources of information.
Supports ALL statements of opinion
throughout the argument.
Is well introduced and well concluded.
Well Supported Poorly Supported
Reputable newspapers. Tabloid magazines
Canadian Government Free newspapers
websites. Websites of protest
Academic magazines. groups.
Teachers, professors etc. Wiki Answers