Lesson 3: Writing Persuasively

Lesson 3

Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Facts and Opinions in
Commentary

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify use of facts and opinions in commentaries
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of facts and opinions in commentaries

Overview/Purpose:
Students reread commentary examples, identifying the author’s use of facts and opinions by marking up the text.
Guiding Questions:
  • How do writers of commentaries use facts and opinions to make a point?
Recommended Time:
45 minutes

Common Core State Standards:
Materials:
Commentary packet that contains the following:


2: Copies of the following commentaries and/or appropriate substitutes:

“Starve, Get Aid, Repeat” by Craig and Marc Kielburger
Technology Required:
None
Lessons design:
  • Explain that students will be working with a partner, rereading commentary examples from their Commentary Packet.

  • Students read through selected examples twice. The first time, they highlight or underline places in the text where the author uses facts. The second time, using a different color, they highlight or underline places in the text where the author uses opinion.

  • Partners evaluate and compare examples, noting the following:

    • What is the ratio of facts to opinions in each commentary?
    • How does each author integrate facts and opinions? When and where in each piece are they used?
    • What impact do you feel facts have in each commentary? What impact do you feel opinions have in each commentary?

  • Class regroups to share. Chart one list of “Facts and Opinions in Commentary” for display in the classroom.
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