Facts, opinions and assertions*

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Facts, opinions and assertions…
OH MY!!
Factual Claim (Fact)
 Something that can proven with….
 1. Data
 2. Observation
 3. Reliable resources
Turn and talk…
 Tell your elbow a factual claim and share how you
could prove it
 Observation, data or reliable source?
Opinion
 States and individual person’s or group of people’s
belief, feeling, or thought
 You can NOT prove this!!!
Turn and talk…
 Tell your elbow partner an opinion you have and see
if they agree or disagree
Commonplace Assertion
 A statement that many people believe to be true, but
you might not be able to actually prove it
 Could be factual, but not necessarily
Word Clues for Recognizing Opinion and
Commonplace Assertions:
 I believe
 In my opinion
 Without question
 Always/All
 Cannot
 Must
 Never
 Best/Worst
 These are broad statements that reveal a personal
judgment.
Look at the note card on your desk…
 Everyone has an example of a commonplace
assertion between them and their partner
 We are going to go around a share them out to see
some common examples of assertions

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