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Just the Facts, Jack
B Adams et al
DescriptionStudents are presented with musical selections that set the tone for investigating the mystery behind fact and opinion.
ObjectivesThe student distinguishes between fact and opinion.
Materials-T-Chart on class board or chart (see associated file)
- Two Fact and opinion statement lists (see associated file)
-Two personally selected pieces of music from different genres
-Overhead projector with transparency (see associated file)
Preparations1. Download the associated file.
2. Makes copies for each student of fact and opinion statement list.
3. Gather background information on inductive teaching method by selecting the link "Teaching Techniques: Inductive Method" in the weblink section.
4. Gather background information on Multiple Intelligences by selecting the link "Eight Intelligences". This is a one page summary of Gardner's Eight Intelligences.
5. Make a fact and opinion statement transparency and student copies listing twenty features highlighting your own community. (Example enclosed featuring St. Augustine, Florida)
6. Gather two music samples.
Procedures1. Provide one example of the concepts of fact and opinion using different styles of music. For example: classical, popular, blues, jazz, etc. (Note: Musical/Rhythmic Intelligences)
2. Present a piece of music to the class, and ask the question and record the responses on the overhead or board. Prompts include – What do you hear? What instruments are being used? Who is the artist? What do you think about this music?
3. Model the categorization of the response list from the music selection by using a T-Chart on the board or overhead. Do not mention the concepts of fact and opinion based on inductive method procedures.
4. Instruct students to turn to the person next to them.
5. Instruct students to discuss with their partner the differences in each column. (Note: Interpersonal Intelligence)
6. Using student responses lead a discussion on the definition of a fact. (Optional: Use the inductive method for arriving at the desired terminology of a fact.)
7. Using student responses lead a discussion on the definition of an opinion. (Optional: Use the inductive method for arriving at the desired terminology of an opinion.)
8. Write the definition on the board developed during the discussion of a fact and an opinion.
9. Play another selection of music.
10. Within their groups of two, students apply previously modeled procedures to generate a T-Chart showing fact and opinion.
11. Draw a classroom T-Chart of second piece of music on board to monitor for understanding and check for misconceptions.
12. Present twenty community fact and opinion statements that were previously developed. (See teacher preparation in regard to developing statement page.)
13. Hand out one of the statement sheets and use overhead projector and transparency listing fact and opinion statements and the criteria checklist (see attached file). Instruct students to discuss and label if the statement is a fact or an opinion.
14. Use a whole class discussion format to help students identify whether each statement is a fact or an opinion.
15. Hand out the next statement sheet to each student and instruct the students to identify if the statement is a fact or an opinion.
16. Use a whole class discussion and review each of the statements. Give necessary feedback to correct or reinforce the concepts of fact and opinion.
AssessmentsStudent identifies fact and opinion statements by reading a statement from a list and marking if it is a fact or an opinion.
ExtensionsUsing the information generated by the T-Chart, students develop paragraphs using main idea and examples supporting the main idea.Extend math and science skills by drawing and labeling (colored coded) a bar graph comparing fact and opinion responses.
Transpose T-Chart information into concept webbing in order to allow for transfer of knowledge.
Web LinksExplanation of Gardner's Eight Intelligences (Site is a PDF file and you must have ADOBE Reader to access it.)
The Eight Intelligences
Learn about the inductive teaching method by selecting the link Teaching Techniques: Inductive Method.
Teaching Techniques: Inductive Method
Attached FilesFact and opinion statements. File Extension: pdf
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