Lesson Plan

Is it a fact or an opinion?

Students will be able to sort through newspaper articles and editorials to determine whether it is a fact or an opinion.
Amy B.
Classroom teacher
South Park Elementary Center
South Park, United States
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My Grades 2, 4

Students will be able to...

Read nonfiction text critically.

Identify the difference between fact and opinion in newspapers.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 – 5
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1 Hook

Show the video: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-choose-your-news-damon-brown

Discsuss with students what they know about facts and opinions being embedded in the news. 


 What is the difference between fact and opinion?
What is an editorial?  Do you think an editorial is made up of mostly facts or opinions?

2 Direct Instruction

Use the website ReadWorks to look up the lesson: Locating Facts and Opinions in a newspaper. http://www.readworks.org/lessons/grade4/fact-and-opinion/lesson-1

Bring in newspapers for the class to use during the lesson.  Model the process of going through the paper and picking out an article based on fact and one based on opinion. 


3 Guided Instruction

Students will read the newspaper to answer the questions in the fact and opinion scavenger hunt provided by ReadWorks. http://www.readworks.org/lessons/grade4/fact-and-opinion/lesson-1

If there are not enough newspapers for each student, they can use the website Newsela and pick articles from there. 

4 Wrap-Up

Use Geddit on the iPad as a response tool to ask students questions about various news articles and whether or not they are fact  or opinion.  It can be used to ask multiple questions or just one as an exit slip. 


Follow up the lesson with: http://www.readworks.org/lessons/grade4/fact-and-opinion/lesson-2

This lesson helps students identify facts that are used to support an opinion in an editorial.

Use: http://www.ego4u.com/en/business-english/communication/opinion

to begin to create a list of opinion starter sentences that students can look for in the editorials.