Bold Plans, Big Dreams, City Progress

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Determining which statements represent fact or the author's opinion in an integral part of reading informational text. Encourage seventh graders to read a passage about Barack Obama and the city of Chicago, as well as a passage focused on Kenya's history and residents, with an activity about differentiating between fact and opinion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add to a reading assessment when covering informational text
  • Use in a social studies when in a unit about Barack Obama or the countries of Africa, or create a cross-curricular project between social studies and language arts to focus on the reading skills
  • Hand out two highlighters with different colors to your class, and prompt them to mark factual statements in one color, and opinion statements in the other
Classroom Considerations

  • Be prepared for a discussion about differences in opinion about Barack Obama's accomplishments; even though the lesson specifically addresses fact and opinion, some learners may feel strongly about the opinion sections
  • Includes teacher notes and answer keys on the handouts, so you'll need to block or remove this section before distributing
Pros

  • Provides comprehension questions for each passage
  • Reading sections are accessible to English learners and all reading levels
Cons

  • None
Common Core