Fact & Opinion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Help your students discriminate between fact and opinion in both obvious and more subtle examples. Teach how facts and opinions can be mixed into the same statement. Challenge students with a high-level thinking activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define facts and opinions
  • discriminate between facts and opinions in a variety of situations
  • identify examples of facts and opinions in text


45 minutes to one hour


  • Articles from different sources on the same topic, such as coverage of a weather pattern, celebrity, sporting event, or politician (one 'packet' of articles for each group)
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Fact
  • Opinion
  • Statistics
  • Bias/media bias

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2

Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

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