Fact & Opinion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

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

Length:

45 minutes to one hour

Materials

  • 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.

Instructions

  • Connect students to learning and refresh prior knowledge by giving them 3-5 minutes to brainstorm and write everything they know about facts and opinions. Share and discuss answers and list on a T-chart labeled 'Fact' and 'Opinion.'
  • Define terms and check for student understanding.
  • Tell students they will be learning about simple and more complex facts and opinions.
  • Start the video Listening for Facts and Opinions. Allow students to take notes, if desired.
  • Ask students to consider why it's important to be able to differentiate between fact and opinion as they listen to the video.
  • After the video ends, discuss:
    • What are some ways you can tell the difference between fact and opinion?
    • Why do some people try to use statistics as facts when they are really opinions?
  • Share examples of facts and opinions mixed as one, or media bias.
  • Return to the question you posed at the beginning of the lesson and discuss.
  • Make sure students have necessary understanding and notes.

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