This product provides an easy-to-use, no-prep way to introduce facts and opinions to your middle-grade students.
Using a scaffolded note format, students will first learn what facts are, and what they are not (including the difference between a falsehood and a misconception). Notes also guide students through a brief discussion on how to prove facts using multiple, reputable sources.
Scaffolded notes then guide students through a discussion on what opinions are, and how they're often identified using signal words. The notes conclude with a mention of how critical thinkers use facts to shape and change their opinions.
To practice using this information, a two-sided sheet is included for more no-prep student practice. On page one, students read statements and identify them as facts, opinions, or both. Students then choose a topic and write their own statements of fact and opinion. On page two, students read a brief informational text about elephant poaching. Students are asked to use a statement of fact to support an answer, will write their own opinion about the information presented, and will then discuss how to prove whether or not the information is accurate.
For more fact and opinion practice, check out my fact and opinion station activity!
This product includes:
-One two-sided scaffolded note sheet (notes about facts on side one, notes about opinions on side two)
-One two-sided practice page
-Answer keys for notes and practice page
-Border free, ink-saving versions of all pages