Fact and Opinion

How can we separate what’s true from what someone thinks is true? How do you know whether someone is giving you solid information, or whether they’re trying to persuade you to embrace a point of view? Well, in this movie on fact and opinion, Tim and Moby break down the distinctions between these two important concepts. You’ll learn that facts are supported by evidence that everyone can agree on, while opinions are based on personal beliefs and judgments. You’ll also learn the difference between an informed opinion and an uninformed one, and how bias can blur the line between truth and fiction. So click on this movie--we promise, it’s thoroughly grounded in fact!

Writing, Reasoning, & Civics Lesson Plan: Drafting Board Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore the process of producing clear and polished opinion essays. Students will use arguments presented in a variety of resource documents to help them form an opinion on a controversial civics issue. They will then use an online essay-building platform to make their claim and support it with evidence and reasoning in order to produce a structured and effective argument. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Lesson Plan: The Quandary Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use a free online game called Quandary to practice ethics, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Persuasive Arguments About Water Ecology Lesson Plan: Citizen Science Game

In this multi-day lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources to practice crafting reasoned arguments and explore the effect of humans on the environment. Through an online game, students will learn about the causes of water pollution in a lake and pose a question about the local water supply to community residents. Students then compile the residents' opinions during game play and compose a persuasive letter to their congressional representative asking for his or her support in improving water conditions. See more »

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