Reading: Fact and Opinion

English Language Arts, Grade 5

Fact Opinion Leave Atsel St. Bridge Alone! A fact is a statement that can be proven. You can find it published in more than one place. The “Amazing Spider Man” is a daily comic strip that began in 1977 and appears in many newspapers and online. This is a fact. It is a daily comic strip on Comics Kingdom online. You can find a list of newspapers that carry this comic strip. An opinion is a statement that tells someone’s point of view. It cannot be proven. In fact, others may disagree. The “Amazing Spider Man,” a comic strip that began in 1977, is the worst of the daily comic strips on Comics Kingdom. This is an opinion because it states a judgment. There is no way to prove that it is the worst of the daily comic strips. The fact that it’s lasted 40 years shows that people like it. Those that read it would disagree that it’s the worst. Know the Difference Think about advertisements. Some of the statements they contain are facts. They can be proven. Some of the statements are opinions. They try to convince you to buy the product or service. People who write editorials include some facts and some opinions. Not every sentence in an editorial is a fact or an opinion. Some are questions, and others are commands. These are neither facts nor opinions. The last statement in this editorial is a command: Governor Mroz’s proposal to replace the Atsel Street Bridge is foolish. The current bridge was built in 1985. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers did a recent study. It states that there are six bridges in our city that are older and in worse repair than the Atsel Street Bridge. The real reason the Governor wants to replace this bridge is to change the “skyline” of the city, giving it a new look. In a speech to increase public support for the new bridge, the Governor stated, “It’s time the city had an update.” Since when has a bidge’s appearance mattered more than its function? We should use the money to repair the older, decaying bridges. Leave the Atsel Street Bridge alone! Fact and Opinion Visit for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 92-4150
This editorial states 4 facts and 6 opinions. Write the statements to complete the T chart. The school should remove the vending machines that offer potato chips in the cafeteria. If the chips are there, students will eat them. That’s bad news. A 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that potato chips are the worst junk food for causing weight gain. Childhood obesity has nearly tripled in the past 30 years. In 2010, Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move program to fight childhood obesity. But studies have proved that exercise alone will not stop students from packing on the pounds. They must make wise food choices. For every bag of potato chips a student eats, he or she does not eat an orange or a banana. Yet eating the piece of fruit would keep the student healthy and trim. Why don’t we make better food choices easier for students? Sign the petition to have potato chips removed from the cafeteria. Fact and Opinion Visit for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 92-4150 1. __________________________ __________________________ 2. __________________________ __________________________ 3. __________________________ __________________________ 4. __________________________ __________________________ 1. ____________________________ ____________________________ 2. ____________________________ ____________________________ 3. ____________________________ ____________________________ 4. ____________________________ ____________________________ 5. ____________________________ ____________________________ 6. ____________________________ ____________________________ FACTS OPINIONS