Can you name two types of information found in media?
Facts are true statements that can be proven. Opinions are thoughts or beliefs that can't be proven. It's important to be able to tell the difference between facts and opinions in the media.
Facts and Opinions in the Media
Facts: Statements that can be proven to be true or false through evidence. Opinions: Statements that express someone's thoughts, feelings, or beliefs and cannot be proven to be true or false. Media: Platforms used to communicate information, including TV, radio, newspapers, and websites.
The majority of news articles contain a mix of both facts and opinions. Journalists sometimes use 'weasel words' to express opinions without being too obvious. Some media outlets post 'fact checks' to verify the accuracy of news stories.
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What are some examples of facts and opinions in the media?
How can we determine whether a media report is biased or objective?
What strategies can you use to distinguish between facts and opinions in media?
How can understanding the difference between facts and opinions help you analyze media reports?
Brain break: Draw a chicken disco dancing under a glittery disco ball
Question: What is the difference between facts and opinions when reading non-fiction text in the media? Clues: • Facts are true statements that can be proven. • Opinions are statements based on beliefs and values. • Both facts and opinions can be biased. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Work together to make a poster explaining the difference between facts and opinions B. Draw a comic strip showing an example of how facts and opinions can be used in media
What are facts?
- Fictional stories
- Guesses or assumptions
- Statements that can be proven true
- Personal opinions
What are opinions?
- Personal beliefs or feelings
- Scientific evidence
- Historical events
- Objective truths
Work together in pairs: What is one way you can tell the difference between a fact and an opinion when you are reading a non-fiction text?