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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.
Students distinguish facts from opinions.  In this biological science lesson, students research information on bees to decipher what things are proven true versus assumed.  They view a video and discuss what makes the information factual.  Using the information from the video, students complete a worksheet to determine which statements are factual and which are based solely on opinion.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
Young scholars 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.
Help your 4th graders find their heroes in this ELD instructional activity. 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 instructional activity is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for developing learners.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
"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.
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.  
Students decipher factual information about manatees.  In this biological science lesson, students research characteristics about manatees.  They use that information to separate facts from common opinions about the animals.  Students use written text and a video program to gain information on manatees. 

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