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Fact versus Opinion. Fact : something known to be true; something that can be shown to be true, to have existed, or to have happened. Opinion : a view or judgment formed in the mind about a particular issue. What are some facts about this picture and these people?.

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fact versus opinion
Fact versus Opinion

Fact: something known to be true; something that can be shown to be true, to have existed, or to have happened.

Opinion: a view or judgment formed in the mind about a particular issue

what are some facts about this picture and these people
What are some factsabout this picture and these people?

What are some opinions about this picture and these people?

identify whether each of the following statements are facts or opinions
Identify whether each of the following statements are facts or opinions.

Northside is the best school in Columbus.

People with blonde hair and blue eyes are the most beautiful people in the world.

Today is August 21, 2012.

Science class is the best!

At Northside, students are expected to act responsibly, be respectful, and communicate effectively.

objective verses subjective
Objective verses Subjective

Objective: expressing or relating to facts as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, judgments, or prejudices

Subjective: a view modified or affected by personal beliefs, opinions, experiences, or background

how do you know if a statement is objective
How do you know if a statement is objective?

Objective is...

Examples:

  • Observable
  • Factual
  • Describable
  • Countable
  • Truthful
  • There are 36 chairs in this room.
  • The forecast says there is a 10% chance of rain.
  • Obama is our president.
how do you know if a statement is subjective
How do you know if a statement is subjective.?

Subjectivity implies polarity and may emphasize one extreme or the other (good or bad, best or worst)

  • Subjective is...
    • Opinion
    • Judgment
    • Assumption
    • Belief
    • Rumor
    • Suspicion

Some SUBJECTIVE WORDS TO LOOK FOR:

  • famous, notable, great, etc;
  • any reference to size: large, small, tall, short, etc;
  • or distance: near, far, etc;
  • character traits: beautiful, evil, friendly, greedy, honest, intelligent, old, popular, ugly, young, etc
what are 3 objective statements about this picture and 3 subjective statements about this picture
What are 3 objective statements about this picture and 3 subjective statements about this picture?