Lesson Plan

Distinguish Between Facts and Opinions

Teach your students the difference between facts and opinions, and why an author would choose to use each type of information. This can stand-alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of Viewlesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of Viewlesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the author's purpose and point of view in a short text.

Language

Students will be able to distinguish between fact and opinion with specific vocabulary using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Prompt students to discuss a topic that will get them talking, like cheetahs, homework, or pizza, with a partner. Listen closely to the comments made, and jot down an example of a fact and an opinion that was mentioned.
  • Share the observations and point out that you heard two different types of information being discussed. One type is a fact, which is something that is known to be true. The other type is an opinion, which is a belief, or what you think about a topic.
  • Go over the learning objective for today's lesson, and explain to the class that the goal of the lesson is to know the difference between facts and opinions in text.