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Lesson Objective

SWBAT distinguish between facts and opinions.

Lesson Plan

 Lesson Objective:

SWBAT distinguish between facts and opinions.

Essential Questions:

• Can I prove this statement?
• How many different ideas are a part of this sentence?


“Facts vs. Opinions”

Materials Needed:

SIR Books
HW sheets

Lesson Plan: I Do

Walk the kids through some initial definitions and hints regarding the difference between facts and opinions.

Demonstrate dissecting a paragraph to show both contained within.

Lesson Plan: We Do Together

With elbow-buddies, the students take apart a paragraph on the back of their notes in the same manner. De-brief this as a class, making sure to be rigorous about the fact parts of sentences that contain opinions.

Lesson Plan: You Do

Students are challenged to find up to 10 facts and 5 opinions in the books they're reading. Each must be justified in complete sentences. If each student is given a non-fiction text, that makes things easier, but if they're reading fiction, you can just be very explicit about the difference between facts in real life and things that are facts in the fictional world.

Assessment of Objective Met
(Closure, Exit Ticket, Collected Classwork, etc)

Looseleaf paper loaded with examples of facts and opinions.

1. What went well?

2. What would you change?

3. What needs explanation?

 Offering kids the ability to have discussion and argument is crucial in this lesson--depth is better than breadth. When I've allowed them to really exchange thoughts on what qualifies as an opinion and what doesn't, I've seen much more developed stances on the issue emerge.










 I think the wrinkle with having kids analyze fiction for facts vs. opinions is a little tricky, and while I've had some success when I've explained it in some depth, it's probably an issue best left for another day, especially if your kids are already having difficulty with text generally.

 I'm very into rewarding specificity with this lesson--if you get the sentence "It rained all day, which was terrible," it's worth rewarding the kid who sees "it rained all day" as a fact and "it was terrible" as a (sort of indirectly stated) opinion.

Lesson Resources

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