Lesson: Facts, Opinion & Author's Purpose

3141 Views
90 Downloads
15 Favorites

Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify facts and opinions in local newspapers. Students will be able to use their knowledge of fact and opinion to discuss author bias.

Lesson Plan

 

 

State Standard:

5.IT-E.2. Distinguish fact from opinion in expository text, providing supporting evidence from text. cal order.

5.IT-A.7. Determine an author's position (i.e., what the author is arguing), providing supporting evidence from the text.

Objective

 

 

 

Students will be able to identify facts and opinions in local newspapers. Students will be able to use their knowledge of fact and opinion to discuss author bias.

Do Now

 

Define fact. Define Opinion.

Hook

Discuss do now.

Direct Instruction

Remind students of the differences between a fact and opinion. explain to students that often time media sources are filled with facts and opinions and the reader has to determine what facts the author is presenting and what opinions. Readers also have to fact check when an article seems bias or very opinionated.

Show students a sample article from the editorial section of a newspaper (www.washingtonpost.com).  Highlight the facts and op the authors states.

 

Guided Practice

Then show students an article from the sport section or front page. Have students help you highlight the facts and opinion. Discuss which articles where filled with opinions.Ask: why did the author choose to write some many opinions/facts? How do you think the author feels about the subject? How can you tell? Why does the reader have to be careful when reading articles and information from media sources? How can opinions be made to seem like facts?

Independent Practice

Give students a copy of your local newspaper. Have them choose two articles and highlight facts in yellow and opinions in blue. Then have them decide if the article is mostly fact or opinion. Have them write the author’s position based on the tone, number of facts and opinions. 

Closing

Remind students that author’s use a combination of facts and opinions to  assert their position. Sometimes they just report facts. Sometimes they use facts to support opinions and vice versa. Have several students share their findings.

Quiz/Assessment

Student article analysis

 

Lesson Resources

Newspaper-Washington Post
3141

Close

 
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload
details
close