Do You Agree or Disagree?

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13920

Authors write about facts as well as their opinions on a topic. It is your job to decide if an author is giving an opinion and then if you agree with that point of view or not. Find out how!

categories

Comprehension, English / Language Arts

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Read the questions below and decide if you agree or disagree.

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  • What does agreeing or disagreeing have to do with this lesson?

Let's find out!

You just read three fun statements and decided if you agreed or disagreed with them.

Being able to think for yourself and not just go along with something you hear or read is a very important skill to have.

When you read texts where an author shares ideas, you should think about the author's thoughts and decide if you think and feel the same way or not. Then, you need to be able to properly share YOUR thinking with your reasons why.

Keep in mind that, when an author shares facts that have been proven to be true, you cannot disagree with them. You may have your own thoughts and feelings about those facts, but you cannot disagree that they are true.

However, when an author presents a point of view based on their thoughts, feelings, or ideas, it is considered an opinion. Opinions are not always true, so you can decide for yourself if you agree or disagree.

If you want a little more help with the difference between fact and opinion, watch Fact or Opinion for Kids *UPDATED8 from Teaching Without Frills:

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After reading a text, you need to ask yourself two questions:

  • Did the author write about facts?
  • Or is this the author's opinion?

If the text is factual, then it is true whether you like it or not.

If the text is based on the author's opinions, however, you need to ask yourself more questions.

  • Do you agree with it?
  • Do you disagree?
  • Why? What are your reasons?

You can agree with some of an author's opinions but not all of them. You can also still like a book or author even if you don't agree with it all!

Let's look at examples.

factual statement

You can like or dislike that northern states are colder than southern ones, but it is true either way. This isn't the author's opinion or own thoughts or feelings. It is fact.

  • What about this next text?

opinion on snow

First, you need to ask yourself if snow being the best weather of all is a fact or an opinion.

It is only the author's point of view that snow is the best weather there is.

Once you know it is not a fact, you can decide if you agree with it or not.

Maybe you love snow. Or maybe you hate it. Or maybe you like snow, but you think it is more exciting to step out into a warm, sunny day. If you like sunny days better than snow, you disagree with the author's point of view that snow is the best weather of all.

If this is making sense, move on to the Got It? section to try some practice activities!

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