Lessons & Units :: Fact and Opinion 4th Grade Unit

Lesson 2: Editorials- Facts that Support Opinions

Lesson Plan

Learning Goal
Identify facts that are used to support an opinion in an editorial.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Direct Teaching Curfew Letter Passage, Direct Teaching Chart; Guided Practice Passage, “Are School Uniforms that Bad?;” Guided Practice Chart; Independent Practice Passage, “Cigarettes are Drugs!,” and Worksheet
Not Provided: Chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that we are going to read editorials to see how the author uses facts to support his or her opinion. As we read, we are going to identify the subject, the author’s opinion, the facts the author uses to support his or her opinion, and the sources of the facts. I will read the editorial about curfews (provided in Books and Passages) and model how to complete the “Using Facts to Support Opinions” chart (see Direct Teaching Teacher Example Chart, provided in the green Texts & Materials tab).

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I identify the supporting facts used in the editorial? Students should respond that you read the editorial and identified the topic, the author's opinion, and then identified facts that supported that opinion.

  • Guided Practice

    will read the editorial “Are School Uniforms that Bad?” (passageis provided in the green Texts & Materials tab) and complete the “Using Facts to Support Opinions” chart (Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart is provided in the green Texts & Materials tab) by identifying the subject, the author’s opinion, facts that support the opinion, and sources.

  • Independent Practice

    will read the editorial “Cigarettes are Drugs!” (provided in the green Texts & Materials tab) and complete the “Facts to Support Opinions” chart by identifying the subject, the author’s opinion, facts that support the opinion, and the sources for the facts. (Student Independent Practice is provided in the green Texts & Materials tab.)

Build Student Vocabulary individuality

Tier 2 Word: individuality
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story Students could express their individuality in different ways, like hairdos and by just being more outgoing.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Individuality means the traits and characteristics that makes one person different from another. In the passage, students could express how they are different from one another with hairdos and clothing.
Students repeat the word Say the word individuality with me: individuality.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I like to show my individuality by wearing funny t-shirts. My best friend always expresses her individuality by dying her hair different colors!
Students provide examples What is one way you could show your individuality? Students should say, “One way I could show my own individuality would be to_______”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? individuality
Additional Vocabulary Words considered, urge

Build Student Background Knowledge

Before reading "Are School Uniforms Bad?," remind students that they are also looking for the sources of facts used to support an opinion. Explain that editorial writers, news writers, and nonfiction book authors must use "sources" to share where their facts came from. There are two different types of sources—primary sources, which come directly from people or experts, and secondary sources, which come from other articles or books.

Texts & Materials

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User Comments

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Great lesson!! Thank you for the Direct teaching and Guided Practice. Gives me a chance to see how they are grasping the concept before I give them the Independent practice.

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