Lesson Plan:

Fact or Opinion: Part 3

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September 6, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to state and defend their opinions on a subject. Students will be able to write an opinion paper in which they include an introduction, reasons linked to the opinion, and a conclusion.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell students that today they are going to write their own opinion papers.
  • Review the definitions of fact and opinion. Make sure that your students know that facts are true statements while opinions are personal views or attitudes that might change.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Display the Fact or Opinion: The Basking Shark worksheet on the interactive whiteboard.
  • Have each student take a turn at the board, choosing fact or opinion.
  • Make it more exciting for the students by timing them as they go.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Tell students that they are going to work by themselves to write an opinion paper over a topic they choose from your list.
  • Show them your list, and have them each choose one topic.
  • Review how to write an introductory sentence with the class. For example: Lemurs are the best kind of monkey.
  • Answer any questions students may have prior to their independent working time.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Give students 15 minutes to write at least 7 sentences about their opinions.
  • Make sure they include an introduction to the topic or opinion, reasons for the opinion, linking words, and a conclusion statement.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Ask your students to write a paper that includes both facts and opinions about a subject.
  • Support: Have your students focus on writing facts and opinions rather than structuring a paper or paragraph.

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Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Observe and take note of students as they actively participate in the Fact or Opinion worksheet activity.
  • Grade the opinion papers after they have been turned in at the end of the lesson.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to turn in their opinion papers.
  • Remind students that everyone has their own opinions about different things, and sometimes, people have a difficult time explaining why they think what they do. Explain that this is why they need to be careful about voicing opinions over things they don't know much about.

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