Lesson plan

Find ‘Em and Quote ‘Em! Facts and Opinions

Got facts? Got opinions? Use this lesson plan to teach your students to evaluate texts for facts and opinions. Students will use a non-fiction text selection to collect quotes as proof.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to evaluate texts for facts, opinions and related ideas using context clues.

(5 minutes)
  • Write the word checklist on the board and ask your students to turn to an elbow partner and tell them all the different uses we have for checklists.
  • Have your students share out what they said or heard from a partner while you write ideas down in a brainstorm fashion.
  • Explain that checklists allow us to evaluate things based on a set of features.
  • Inform students that they will be learning how to use checklists to evaluate facts, opinions and their related ideas.
(5 minutes)
  • Preview and demonstrate how to use the Facts, Opinions and Related Ideas resource with the Sea Level Rise text selection. Answer student questions as needed.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out a class set of the Sea Level Rise article and read it aloud with your students.
  • Hand out and preview the Facts, Opinions and Related Ideas resource.
  • Together, find one fact, one opinion and their related ideas. Answer any clarifying questions.
(10 minutes)
  • Release students to complete the Facts, Opinions and Related Ideas resource with a partner or in small groups.


  • Evaluate the Sea Level Rise article for two or more facts or opinions whole class.


  • Have students evaluate the Sea Level Rise article with the Facts vs. Opinion resource.
  • Students can use the Fact vs. Opinion checklist with the Sea Level Rise article.
(5 minutes)
  • Have your students make up one fact and one opinion and explain why they labeled each fact or opinion.
(10 minutes)

Discuss: Why is it important for citizens to be able to determine fact from opinions?

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