Fact and Opinion
  • Distinguish fact from opinion in various texts, including news stories and advertisements (3)

Fact and Opinion Introduction Lesson:

Begin by creating two columns and label them A and B. Use pre-made sentence strips and begin reading them one at a time. Place all facts under column A and opinions under column B. Don't tell students how you chose which side to place them on. After sorting the sentences have students work in groups to create a rule for each column.
(You can make up your own sentences or use these ones)

Use the following PowerPoint to introduce fact and opinion. After using the PowerPoint have students help you idenify which column was made of facts and which was made of opinions. Ask students to each make 2 facts and 2 opinion strips to add to the chart.

If a statement can be proved, it is a fact. If a statement tells what someone thinks or feels about something, it is an opinion. Facts can be proved. Opinions cannot. When you figure out if a statement is a fact or an opinion, you are distinguishing between fact and opinion. · Facts are statements that can be checked or proved.
· Opinions are statements that cannot be proved. They tell what someone thinks or feels. · Opinions often contain clue words such as think, feel, believe, and seem. Other common clue words are always, never, all none, most, least, greatest, best, and worst. You can make a chart or use or print the poster.

Additional Resources:

All of these power points explain fact and opinion. They also give examples and practice.

Students choose a topic and add facts and details.
Students label sentences as fact or opinion.
Students cut apart sentences and paste them under the correct heading.
Students label sentences as either fact or opinion.

Poster for F and O


Types of TAKS Questions:
Which of these is a FACT in this passage?

Guided Reading Ideas:

Play a commercial or use an advertisement and have students identify 2 facts and 2 opinions. Discuss how the facts and opinions help to persuade people to purchase the product. Have students choose a product, like toothpaste, and create an advertisement for it. This could be a poster or a commercial transcript. They should include at least 2 facts and 2 opinions.
Pick a topic you are reading or studying like spiders. Begin writing down sentences about them that students give you. Have students identify facts and opinions amongst their sentences. Circle all of the facts red and the opinions blue.
Play 2 Corners by having signs in opposite corners of your classroom. One sign should say fact, the other opinion. Pass out cards with either facts or opinions on them. Ask students to read the cards and decide which side of the room to go to. Check the cards by having the students read them and discuss why their card is either a fact or an opinion.
*Show a picture. Have students write two facts and two opinions about the picture.
*Use the provided activity sheet and have students use newspapers to find different facts and opinions.


Arthur Fact and Opinion Game

Fact and Opinion Game


Common Ass: