ABOUT THIS RESOURCE:
This resource was created to be used as part of readers workshop in the intermediate/middle school classroom. During readers workshop, students need independent practice on concepts currently taught during direct instruction. Anchored in Reading has started a line of resources to do just that! This resource focuses on Fact and Opinion. Students will work individually or in small groups to sort statements. Also included in this resource are two worksheets. One is a basic identification worksheet and the other requires application of skills. You could use both worksheets to scaffold instruction or you can use the worksheets as differentiated work. For example, offer the identification worksheet to lower level students or offer the second worksheet to higher level students. The worksheets are marked LL (Lower Level) and HL (Higher Level).
Print page 3. I suggest on colored paper. Best to laminate, but not necessary. These will serve as the ‘categories’ for the sort.
Next, print the statements and cut. I suggest you print these on a different color paper (but both pages same color as they are organized by fact and opinion on each page). Because I realize colored paper is not always readily available, the categories are larger than the statements, so your students will know which is which.
Make enough copies of the Sort Record Sheet for each student or student group.
Have students sort the fact and opinion statements into the proper categories then record their answers on the Sort Record Sheet. To ‘spice it up’ you could put the statements in a jar and have students draw the statements from the jar. Or, get two garbage cans and label one fact and the other opinion. The students would then shoot the statement into the proper can.
Follow-up with the worksheets as in-class or individual practice, homework, or assessment.