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

  • 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

  • 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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