Distinguish Facts from Opinions

Facts are statements that can be proven true. Opinions are statements that describe someone’s judgment, belief, feelings or way of thinking. Readers are able to identify facts and opinions. They find and cite reliable sources to support statements of fact. When opinions are presented with supporting facts or evidence from experts, they are defined as valid opinions.

Guiding Questions:

  • What facts were presented in the article?
  • What evidence did the author include to support statements of fact?
  • What hypotheses did the author present in the selection?
  • What opinions were revealed in the selection?
  • Can (this statement) be proven true or false?
  • How did the author convey the validity of the information?
  • What words and/or phrases did the author use to let readers know that an idea was a fact or an opinion?