Fact or Opinion

Write to the Source
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This prompt asks students to locate examples of facts and opinions in a text, explaining how they know which are facts and which are opinions. 

Follow these steps to customize this explanatory/analysis task:
  1. Review the steps in the handout "Plan for Write to the Source."
  2. Review the sample task and then fill in the task template fields below the sample task.
  3. Review the hand out "Explanatory Writing Rubric." Adapt as necessary.

Sample task

Essential Question:  How does society help or hurt our feelings about who we are?

Text Title(s):  Read “Families Like Mine.”

Suggested Writing Product:  Locate three things that you think are facts in the text, and then locate three opinions expressed in the text. Write a newspaper review about the text, explaining how you know which are facts and which are opinions, and how this helps you understand or relate to the text.

Additional Task Demand:  Elaborate on your writing by showing how each of the facts could lead to the opinions, but also how the same facts might lead to different opinions.

Task Template

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Additional task demands
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