Fact or Opinion: Part 3
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.
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.
- 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.
Related Books and/or Media
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.