Lesson Plan : Authors Purpose & Fact or Opinion

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Smith
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Determining the Authors Purpose and Identfying facts and opinions.
Content:
 Authors Purpose Worksheet: A variety of select articles the students read and find the purpose. Fact or Opinion Worksheet: A variety of different statements the students read and choose whether its a fact or an opinion.
Goals:
 For students to be able to identify the authors purpose and to know what informal, persuasive and entertaining papers are. For students to be able to determine what facts and opinions are. For students to provide reasoning of what makes up facts and opinions.
Objectives:
 Students should be able to understand the authors purpose and facts and opinions. Students should be able to determine these on their own and be able to give examples of each.
Materials:
 Authors Purpose Worksheet & Fact or Opinion Worsksheet
Introduction:
 Discuss the authors purpose. Explain that every paper has a purpose whether it is to inform, persuade or to entertain. Discuss facts and opinions. Ask the students if they know what they are or if they can provide examples. Explain the difference between them.
Development:
 1. Describe the authors’ purpose. Describe informal, persuasive and entertaining purposes. 2. 2. Describe- a. Facts: A fact is something that is true and can be proven. (I am 20 years old.) b. Opinions: An opinion is a belief a personal judgment and cannot be proven. (Pizza is the best!)
Practice:
 Seperate the students into small groups of three or four to work on worksheets. Worksheet 1.Have the students read and determine the authors purpose of select articles. Worksheet 2. Have the students read and determine whether statements are facts and opinions.
Accommodations:
 Ask students if they have any questions regarding either authors purpose or determining facts or opinions. Asnwer students questions about the topics and answer plus provide examples to help them.
Checking For Understanding:
 Ask students if they have any questions regarding either authors purpose or determining facts or opinions.
Closure:
 Explain the authors purpose , and facts and opinions again to ensure that the students remember. Explain the homework and answer questions that the students have.

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