Stage 3 reading - Fact and opinion

Learning focus

Students learn the difference between fact and opinion and to how to identify these in texts.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN3-3A: uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies.
  • EN3-5B: discusses how language is used to achieve a widening range of purposes for a widening range of audiences and contexts.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • 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);
  • Un·T9: classifies ideas or information for a set task or purpose (comprehension); distils information from a number of sources according to task and purpose (uses graphic organisers) (process).

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: Determining difference between fact or opinion

Students design a set of criteria to determine a fact or opinion (three activities).

Task 2: Identifying fact and opinion in texts

Students identify language clues that help indicate whether a text is fact, opinion, or a combination of both (three activities).

Task 3: Expert panel

Students categorise statements as fact or opinion (five activities).

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