Stage 2 reading - Fact and opinion

Learning focus

Students will learn to determine the difference between fact and opinion and recognise both within a range of texts.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-4A: uses an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on increasingly challenging topics in different media and technologies
  • EN2-8B: identifies and compares different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an understanding of purpose, audience and subject matter.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: locates specific information in a predictable print text or a given set of digital sources (comprehension); makes connections within and between texts (between spoken and written texts that present similar information) (comprehension)
  • UnT7: compares and contrasts texts on the same topic to identify how authors represent the same ideas differently (comprehension); distinguishes between fact and opinion in texts (comprehension);
  • UnT8: skims and scans texts for key words to identify main idea (process);evaluates the accuracy of texts on the same topic or texts that present differing points of view or information (comprehension)

NAPLAN item descriptors

The relevant NAPLAN item descriptors are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task outline

Full task descriptions are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task 1: What is the difference between fact and opinion?

Students create posters or short jingles to demonstrate the difference between fact and opinion and discuss how key vocabulary can identify if a statement is a fact or opinion (three activities).

Task 2: Determining fact reliability

Students learn why recognising the difference between fact and opinion is important, who might disguise opinion as fact and processes to determine the reliability of sources (three activities).

Task 3: Expert panel

Students read a text and devise questions to illicit fact and opinion statements from an ‘expert panel’ of their peers (three activities).

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