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.
Facts or Opinions - Wonderful Worms
Students watch a video about how the worm's value affects the environment and create a fact and opinion chart about it. In this fact and opinion lesson plan, students create a 2 column chart analyzing what is fact and what is opinion presented in the video.
Facts and Opinions in advertising
Fourth graders identify facts and opinions as it relates to real advertisements. They create their own advertisements using fact and opinions to sell their product.
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. Nice lesson!
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.
Lead Critical Reading
Students read opposing views on the lead contamination issue, identify the facts and opinions in each article, and infer the opinion of the author. They create an essay expressing their opinion on the issue complete with citations.
Water and Sewage Critical reading
Students read three articles with different points of view on the water and sanitation issues in the Florida Keys. They identify the facts and opinions in each article and write a summary. In addition, they write an essay expressing their own opinion about the issue.
ELD Lesson Planner: "Heroes"
Help your 4th graders find their heroes in this ELD lesson plan. 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. They can also practice expressing cause and effect, making judgments, and stating fact versus opinion. The lesson plan is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for developing learners.
Ethical and Critical Thinking: Genetically Modified Food
High schoolers read statements representing different points of view on Genetically Modified Food. They identify the "facts" and "opinions" in each statement, and then briefly summarize the issue of Genetically Modified Food in a short paragraph. Pupils research and create an essay expressing their own opinion about Gentically Modified Food, using citations from these statements and other sources to support their conclusions.
Food Myths Critical Thinking and Reading
Students read a series of statements made by students about the hazards and benefits of various foods. They distinguish the "facts: from "opinions" in the dialogue, summarize the facts in a short paragraph, and write an essay expressing their own view and conclusions drawn about the food, food-borne illness, and nutrition issues, using citations as necessary.
"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.
Little Switzerland, Legally Speaking
"What is the value of land?" "How should societies balance the needs of the community with the needs of individuals?" As part of a unit on the history and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway, young historians consider land rights issues as revealed by the battle over the Little Switzerland land purchase. Class members examine primary and secondary source materials, assume the identity of various individuals involved in the court case, and present the arguments for their point of view to the class. Step-by-step directions for this engaging activity links to sources, and assessment options are included.
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. They write a persuasive essay and transform this argument into a video announcement. Take action!
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.
Analyzing and Planning Persuasive Writing
Young writers work backward to analyze persuasive techniques. As a class, work through the provided persuasive letter: a plea to an imaginary city council to lift a city-wide ban on fast food restaurants and discount stores. Start by identifying the arguments made in the letter and then filling them into the included graphic organizer. After reviewing the materials in the resource, break your class into groups to write their own persuasive letter on a topic of your choosing.
What's the Fact, Jack?
Sixth graders debate the issue of school uniforms as they study the difference between a fact and an opinion. They convert factual statements to opinion statements and vice versa. Using this knowledge, 6th graders recognize fact and opinion statements in writing and eventually write using both factual and opinion statements.
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.
The Vaccination Question
Students share opinions about common vaccines, then consider facts and opinions about the HPV vaccine and hold a fishbowl and discussion. They survey members of the community to determine their perspectives on the issue.
The Vaccination Question
Students share opinions about common vaccines, then consider facts and opinions about the HPV vaccine and hold a "fishbowl" discussion. They survey members of the community to determine their perspectives on the issue. Students report results to class.
The Atomic Bomb Dilemma
Students examine consequences of using atomic bomb in light of resulting peace, distinguish between fact and opinion and analyze sources to recognize bias and points of view, and assume role of reporter, critic, cabinet member, or observer to write letter, article, or report evaluating usage of atomic bomb.