Fact & Opinion/Inferencing
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Distinguishes fact from opinions and draws inferences from factual material.
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This standard is closely related to:
- I would recommend working with your reading teacher on this standard.
- what a fact is
- what an opinion is
- what an inference is
ABLE TO DO
- Read a document and identify the facts and opinions in the document
- Reach several conclusions based on the document they read
literacy nook This site has great resources for teaching inferencing. Go to the Comprehension tab on the lefthand side and inferencing will come up below.
First of all, draw a ship on the surface of the ocean. Explain that all you can see when on the ship is the surface of the water. However, then draw fish, etc. under the surface and tell the students that soooo much is happening under the surface...reading is the same way....what is suggested/implied is important, not just what is said literally. To infer is ultimately to draw a conclusion using prior knowledge.
- Thumbs up/Thumbs down: Is the following a fact: "Ice cream tastes good." "The capitol of Alaska is Juneau"
- True/False quiz using the above (and other) statements
Formative Assessment During the Lesson
- 1 minute essay: write a fact and an opinion
- Put students in groups and have them seperate 5-10 statements in to groups of facts and opinions. Have them discuss why each is a fact or opinion
Formative Assessment After the Lesson
- Give each student an article or a story. Have them pick out at least 2 facts and 2 opinions from each article.