Understanding the difference between fact and opinion is a critical skill. Your students will practice differentiating between facts and opinions in nonfiction texts and will apply the skills they learn to write their own statements.
Students will be able to differentiate between statements of fact and opinion.
Display a piece of chart paper and divide it into two columns.
Label one column "facts" and the other "opinions."
Choose a topic that your students are familiar with, like dogs.
Ask students to share facts they know about dogs (i.e., dogs are omnivores, there are many different breeds of dogs). Prompt students as needed with questions like, "What do dogs eat?" or "What is something that is true for all dogs?"
Invite students to share their personal opinions about dogs (i.e., dogs are cute; dogs are the best pet). Prompt students with questions like, "What do you think about dogs?" or "How do dogs make you feel?"
Explain that today we will be looking for facts and opinions in nonfiction texts.