Evaluating Opinions and Arguments


In our Evaluating Opinions and Arguments lesson plan, students learn strategies for evaluating the validity and effectiveness of opinions and arguments. Students practice distinguishing between facts, opinions, and arguments.


Our Evaluating Opinions and Arguments lesson plan┬áprepares students to effectively evaluate opinions and arguments, as well as to differentiate an opinion and argument based on facts and supporting evidence. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively, in groups, on an activity in which students find differences in opinion and “argue” them, testing out arguments and writing them, thinking of facts to support their opinion, and later writing out their argument in a cohesive, structured manner. Students are also asked to identify effective arguments and write their own effective and ineffective arguments for different topics.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define an opinion and argument; evaluate opinions and arguments; use strategies to better understand the differences between facts, opinions, and arguments; distinguish claims supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


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