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Fact and Opinion. How do we differentiate between them?. Definitions. A fact: A piece of information that is real and true. Its truth can be double checked. An opinion: a belief , judgment or feeling that cannot be double checked; it may or may not be true. Activity 1: 5 minutes .

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fact and opinion

Fact and Opinion

How do we differentiate between them?

definitions
Definitions
  • A fact: A piece of information that is real and true. Its truth can be double checked.
  • An opinion: a belief , judgment or feeling that cannot be double checked; it may or may not be true.
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Activity 1: 5 minutes

In pairs, list the following resources in the fact, opinion columns or both depending whether they contain facts or opinions: (Please look at the worksheets on your tables)

Newspapers,dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, textbooks, biographies, autobiographies, self help books, almanacs,novels, magazines, websites

where
can we find facts?

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Almanacs

Atlases

Text books

Newspapers and magazines

Websites

biographies

can we find opinions?

Self help books

Autobiographies

Novels

Newspapers and magazines

Websites

biographies

Where
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How do I know that what I am reading is an opinion??

Indicators of opinions are:

  • “Generally, it is thought …”
  • “I believe that …”
  • “It’s a sad day when …”
  • “I think …”
activity 2 7 minutes
Activity 2: 7 minutes
  • In pairs, read each piece of information carefully

( worksheet).Discuss whether it’s a fact or opinion . Write F for fact, and O for opinion. Give a valid reason for your answers.

what makes a good opinion
What makes a good opinion?

A sentence may contain both a fact and an opinion such as:

The house was renovated this year and that’s why it looks great.

The first part of sentence is a fact. The second is an opinion. The fact supports the speaker’s opinion.

A GOOD informed opinion is one that is supported by facts.

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Facts

Opinions

In pairs, list the following resources in the fact, opinion columns or both depending whether they contain facts or opinions: Newspapers, dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, textbooks, biographies, autobiographies, self help books, almanacs, novels, magazines and websites.