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Fact or Opinion
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Middle to upper elementary and above

  • Comprehension

  • Critical reading/thinking skills

  • Monitor comprehension

  • Discuss the differences between fact and opinion and give examples.

    • Starting with the examples, ask the students what clues are in the text that can alert the reader to whether it is a fact or an opinion.

    • Students add other clues from their own experiences.

  • Discuss why it is important to distinguish fact from opinion.

  • Show the students a list of statements that they will evaluate as fact or opinion.

    • If the statement is fact, students determine where they can find information to verify it (e.g., encyclopedias, dictionaries, Wikipedia, news reports, goggle).

    • Students write their proof by the statement.

    • Work with the students for the first three to four statements.

    • Students circle the clues in each statement.

    • Students complete the rest of the statements independently, in small groups, or in pairs.

  • For a supplement to this activity, copy paragraphs out of the students' textbooks. Have the students work in pairs to underline opinion statements in red and factual statements in blue.

  • After completing the task, the students discuss their responses.

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