Session aim To distinguish between FACTS andOPINIONS in a variety of texts, and topractise writing pieces based on these models.
Distinguishing between Fact and OpinionMichael Owen bemused by Newcastle United boosManchester United striker Michael Owen says he was disappointed after beingbooed by Newcastle fans during Tuesdays 0-0 draw at St Jamess Park.The former Magpies man was jeered when he came on after 81 minutes.Owen said on Twitter: "Got a poor reception off the home fans which wasdisappointing. Was desperate to score!“He added: "Knew I would get booed as thats what a lot of fans do but if theyknew the facts then they may have a different opinion.”
Distinguishing between Fact and OpinionMichael Owen is clear that there is adifference between and .He is disappointed by the fans’ of him but believes thatknowing the might change thatopinion.
Distinguishing between Fact and Opinion•A is something that can be provedto be correct or incorrect.•An is what someone thinks orbelieves. It cannot be proved to becorrect or incorrect.
Distinguishing between Fact and Opinion What FACTS can you find in the following?Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid for £16m in2005 and scored 30 goals in 79 appearances in aninjury-hit four years on Tyneside.•Owen joined Newcastle from Real Madrid.•The transfer cost £16 million.•The transfer took place in 2005.•He scored 30 goals in 79 appearances.•He spent four years on Tyneside (another name for Newcastle)
Distinguishing between Fact and Opinion What OPINIONS can you find in the following?Owen said: "When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fansthey all respect what Ive done for their clubs. Instadiums it changes, one boo and the rest follow.”•Newcastle or Liverpool fans respect what he has done. (Someprobably do, but do all of them? How could it be proved?)•One boo and the rest follow. (It may seem so, but how could it beproved?).
TASK Where you live: FactWrite a report about your local town orthe county in which you live. Give factsonly in the report.
TASK Where you live: FactYour report should include the following information:population, main industry, main attractions and factualdetails.Here’s an example of how you could begin this section ofyour report: I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire. It has a population of 715,404 and has become a major financial and legal centre outside London.
TASK Where you live: FactRemember: you will have to do some research to find out these things.The following websites will help your research:· To find the population of the area in which you live, visit the Office forNational Statistics website:www.statistics.gov.uk· To find census information for England, Wales, Scotland and NorthernIreland, visit:www.ons.gov.uk/census· To find out more about your local area (from news and activities to localentertainment) visit your local BBC site: www.bbc.co.uk/local
TASK Where you live: OpinionWrite a report about your local town orthe county in which you live. Giveopinions only in the report.
TASK Where you live: OpinionHere are some questions to help you:• What do you think about where you live?• Where are your favourite places?• What do you like to do there in your free time?• What would you change about where you live?Remember: this is your view of the place you live. You don’t have to do anyresearch. Here is an example of how you could begin this section of the report: I love Leeds. It’s a great place to live. There are lots of things to do and lots of good shops to visit. For example…