Lesson plan

Fact or Opinion: Part 3

In Fact or Opinion: Part 3, your students will take what they learned from the previous lessons and apply it by writing their own personal opinion essays.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

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.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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