Facts and Opinion Teacher Resources
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Just the Facts, Sir!
Examine several key issues covered in the October 8, 2004, presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Young readers analyze the opponents' use of both fact and opinion in their arguments. Use the lesson to reinforce the importance of acknowledging opposing claims in writing.
6th - 12th Language Arts 41 Views 203 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Most young readers are aware that authors write to entertain or inform the audience, but it's also important for them to understand the art of persuasive writing. In the third instructional activity of this series, the teacher reads two letters to the class, highlighting the facts and opinions, expert testimony, and author's feelings that indicate the intent to persuade.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 21 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Perspectives and Point of View: Task 2 and 3
An effective argument must be backed up with supporting details and facts. Sixth graders use The True Story of the Three Little Pigs to formulate a personal opinion of the wolf's portrayal of the events. They compose a persuasive letter in defense or defamation of the wolf, using supporting details and evidence from the text to substantiate their opinions.
6th Language Arts 68 Views 204 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Expressing Your Views to the Letter
Analyze the motivation, purpose, and value of letters to the editor by examining letters written in response to the violence at Columbine High School. For homework, middle and high schoolers write their own letters to the editor about an article titled "Suspect in L.
6th - 12th Language Arts 54 Views 437 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What does it mean to read critically? Critical readers look at the author's purpose, attitude, and tone. They draw inferences and identify facts and opinions. Use this guide to help your class become critical readers. Practice opportunities are included.
7th - 12th Language Arts 191 Views 483 Downloads
"The Clever Monkey"
Second graders complete a variety of activities related to the book "The Clever Monkey" by Rob Cleveland. They answer story comprehension questions, and rewrite the story. Students also complete a comprehension and fact or opinion worksheet, and write a radio announcement using descriptive words.
2nd Language Arts 6 Views 16 Downloads
What a fantastic resource to guide youngsters in persuasive letter writing. They read a brief letter to the editor and answer question about the author's purpose, word choice, and structure. Next, scholars draft their own letter by gathering facts and opinions about the environmental issue from the example letter.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 41 Views 317 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Information from Posters
Budding journalists examine and evaluate an informative poster advertising a public meeting to discuss city park issues. They write a paragraph explaining what they found to be effective and ineffective about the poster, then imagine they are a reporter writing an article about the actual meeting.
4th - 5th Language Arts 24 Views 100 Downloads CCSS: Designed
What's the Fact, Jack?
Learning to recognize the difference between statements of fact and opinion is an essential skill in our media-rich culture. This detailed resource provides your class members with multiple opportunities to practice this skill. A list of activities, graphic organizers, research connections, extensions, and a rubric are included.
6th Language Arts 16 Views 179 Downloads
How can the rhetorical structure of an editorial help to develop its argument? Use this New York Times editorial to emphasize the importance of structure in a piece of informational text. Adolescent writers then use the editorial as a model for writing their own editorials based on a current news article.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 21 Views 218 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Explore the backgrounds, qualifications, and platforms of the presidential candidates for the 2000 election. Though the lesson is outdated, the activities within the informational text could be good practice for your young learners as they work on evaluating arguments and claims.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 166 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
ELD Lesson Planner: "Heroes"
Help your 4th graders find their heroes in this ELD lesson. Using three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Happy Birthday, Dr. King!" "Gloria Estefan," and "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man"), they will analyze the traits of a hero and relate these true stories to their own lives.
4th English Language Development 11 Views 38 Downloads
How can word choice affect a political speech? Middle and high schoolers examine the text of the 1999 State of the Union Address, and then determine how newspaper articles and television reports describe and analyze the event. Use this lesson to examine conflicting evidence and viewpoints in informational text, or to focus on evaluating a speaker's argument.
6th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 277 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Fact and Opinion: How to Tell the Difference
Students explore reasoning by completing a worksheet activity in class. For this fact vs. opinion lesson, students identify the differences between a personal opinion and something that is factually true. Students identify several statements as one of the two, list their reasons why and check their answers in class.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 10 Views 43 Downloads
Write a Thesis Statement for an Argumentative Essay
A strong thesis statement sets the tone for any piece of expository writing. In the second lesson of this series, young writers follow a step-by-step process to narrow down their topics and create an argumentative statement that can be supported with details.
5 mins 3rd - 5th Language Arts 18 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Don't Let the Earth Down
Writing a persuasive argument starts with a clear thesis. Using this resource, your class will write a persuasive paper on a conservation issue. They will then transform their argument into a 30-second public service announcement. If your class doesn't have access to video and editing software, they can present their announcement in front of the class.
5th - 12th Science 17 Views 408 Downloads
Fact Or Opinion
Groups of junior highers find newspaper articles which contain both facts and opinions, and present examples of each to the class. The focus is on discerning between fact and opinion. Two excellent worksheets are embedded in the plan which reinforce the differences between fact and opinion.
7th Language Arts 17 Views 87 Downloads
Don't Let the Earth Down
Although recycling is definitely beneficial, reducing our waste and conserving our natural resources should really be the focus of environmentalists. Encourage the future generation to create a public service announcement about a conservation issue that they feel strongly about.
5th - 9th Science 35 Views 141 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable