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Fact and Opinion

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Chris Briggs

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Fact and Opinion

Fact and Opinion What is a fact? Opinion Fact What is an opinion? The language of opinions Facts are something that are backed up with evidence that can be checked. Facts are objective. The following are facts:

Water boils at 100 degrees Celcius (we can do an experiment to check).
Leeds United is the most popular football team in West Yorkshire (we can research the average crowd at their football matches and compare to other teams).
The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet (we can compare it to all other animals). The language of facts Names, dates, events and places are all associated with facts, e.g. London is the capital of the U.K.

The following are a list of words associated with facts.

demonstrated, confirm, discovered, according, have to An opinion is a point of view or a belief. It is something that is not based on evidence that can be checked. Opinions are subjective. The following are opinions:

Water is delicious (everybody might not agree with this).
Leeds United are the best football team in England (many, many people would disagree with this).
Whales should not be hunted (again, many people may disagree with this).



The following are a list of words associated with opinions.

Personal feeling words

think, believe, suggest, perhaps, probably, usually, typically, should, must

Judgment words

good, bad, best, worst, most, least, always, never, all, none, fantastic, terrible, amazing, awful

Often these words are used in a text to show opinions. Other examples include: claims, view, argues and suspect. Task 1 Click on the following link and take the fact or opinion quiz.

http://cuip.uchicago.edu/www4teach/97/jlyman/default/quiz/factopquiz.html

How did you do? Task 2 Read the text in the next frame and then answer the questions.
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