September 6, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree

Lesson plan

Fact or Opinion: Part 2

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Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to communicate opinions of their own. Students will be able to state reasons explaining their opinions.

(5 minutes)
  • Recap the previous lesson you did on facts and opinions with your students.
  • Remind your students that several things they thought were facts were actually opinions.
  • Ask your students to define facts and opinions.
  • Remind them that facts are statements that are true, while opinions are personal views or attitudes.
(15 minutes)
  • First, read a short book or passage to the class, such as Magic Tree House passages by Mary Pope Osborne or non-fiction picture books.
  • Next, have students stand up beside their desks.
  • Tell students that they're going to play a game.
  • Explain the rules of the game: Instruct a student to say something about the passage he just read. If the rest of the class thinks it's a fact, they will go to one side of the room. If they think it's an opinion, they will go to the other side.
  • Model this a few times, and discuss why people answered the way they did.
(10 minutes)
  • Now, tell students that they are going to choose between two (or more) items by using their own opinions.
  • Have students go back to their desks, and assign sides of the room as destinations for each choice on your list. For example, ask them to choose a favorite food, and list 3 options, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, or neither. Have your students move to various parts of the room depending on their answers.
  • Ask the groups to come up with three reasons why they believe their choice is the best.
  • Go around the classroom, and have each small group announce their three reasons. Write them on the board.
(15 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to work together in their groups to write a two paragraph paper about their chosen favorite.
  • Make sure that your students include introductions, opinions, and conclusions.
  • Collect these papers.
  • Enrichment: Give your students the Declarative Worksheet to practice writing facts. Have them write facts about the object they chose in the activity.
  • Support: Encourage your students to write a paragraph with both facts and opinions. Have them exchange this with a peer who can identify the facts and opinions for the writer.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe your students' interactions and thought processes.
  • Assess students' grasp of the concept through the papers.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the day's lesson by having a student recap what he just learned.

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