Language Arts: A Mini Lesson for Distinguishing Fact/Opinion

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Distinguishing Fact and Opinion is one of the 30 MicroLessons (mini lessons) available in the series, Language Arts Presenter.

Just connect your computer to a digital projector or SMART Board, select a student to operate the mouse and let Kara, the avatar, teach your kids a lesson on Distinguishing Fact and Opinion.

This MicroLesson (like all of the others in the series) comes with a word search activity and a crossword puzzle based entirely on the presentation--the words found in the word search provide the word bank for the crossword puzzle.

Therefore, this presentation along with the time required to complete both puzzles will require 50-60 classroom minutes.

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MicroLesson 10
Distinguishing Fact and Opinion
Presentation Time: 18-23 minutes
By the end of this MicroLesson, students will be able to...

  • recognize that a fact is a statement that can be proven to be true.
  • list at least three ways that facts can be verified.
  • recognize that an opinion cannot be proven to be true.
  • give examples of at least three phrases that commonly introduce opinions.
  • recognize that comparative adjectives are often found in statements of opinion.
  • correctly distinguish fact an opinion when presented with 10 sample sentences.

Distinguishing Fact and Opinion, Full Version comes with a word search, and a crossword puzzle.

I have thoroughly tested this MicroLesson with actual students in real-life, public, middle school classrooms--the vast majority of students became engaged, responsive, and productive (even the I-don't-cares).


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Both of the screenshots below are samples from the instruction portion of Distinguishing Fact and Opinion.

These screenshots show how one of the questions and its associated answer appear in Distinguishing Fact and Opinion:

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Here is the word search activity for Distinguishing Fact and Opinion.

The words found in the activity above become the word bank for this crossword puzzle:

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Like all of the MicroLessons in the Language Arts Presenter series, Distinguishing Fact and Opinion includes...

  • definitions and examples.
  • direct instruction.
  • a summary of the instruction.
  • practice quizzes ranging from 5 to 15 questions.
  • an on-screen answer key.
  • a word search and crossword puzzle to extend the mini lesson.

Teachers report that during MicroLessons, they...

  • appoint students to be mouse operators while they roam the classroom, keeping a wary eye on the knuckleheads.
  • become dynamic partners with the avatars, giving additional examples of concepts, checking for comprehension, and reading questions and answer choices orally to the class.
  • record scores, grade papers, or even work on lesson plans.

All of the titles in the Language Arts Presenter series are executable applications, making them compatible with all versions of Windows.

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Distinguishing Fact and Opinion, Free Version is...

  • complete in every regard.
  • fully operational.
  • available for an unlimited time trial.

The "Free Trial Version" stamps are a necessary annoyance.

When you consider the fact that I spent two and a half years of my life developing these MicroLessons, I would sincerely hope that you would agree that giving them away completely free of charge is not a plausible option.

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Distinguishing Fact and Opinion, Full Version...

  • is exactly the same as the free version.
  • is completely devoid of all "Free Trial Version" stamps.
  • comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle.

Both versions of Distinguishing Fact and Opinion are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.


The Comprehension Bundle contains all seven Comprehension MicroLessons from the Language Arts Presenter series.

If purchased individually, the total cost for Distinguishing Fact and Opinion along with its 6 companions would be $34.65. The bundle is now available for the much lower cost of $16.95--a savings of over 50%!

The titles in The Comprehension Bundle are as follows:

  • Using Context Clues
  • Identifying Cause and Effect
  • Distinguishing Fact and Opinion
  • Comparison and Contrast
  • Recognizing Supporting Details
  • Identifying the Main Idea
  • Making Inferences

The Comprehension Bundle comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle for each MicroLesson.

MicroLesson 10: Distinguishing Fact and Opinion, Full Version by Chad Manis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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