Facts or opinions (accessible version)
Use this thinking guide to help you sort out the facts from the opinions about a particular topic and document what you agree or disagree with.
Step1. Firstly, identify your theme, topic or question. Then go to step 2.
Step2. Now, can you think of any facts relating to your subject? Think of as many as you can. When you've done this look at each one in turn and decide if it is really a fact, or if it's an opinion. Remember that facts usually have some kind of evidence associated with them, while opinions are someone's interpretation.
When you've classified them all, move to step 3.
Step 3. Next you need to think of as many opinions relating to your subject as you can. When you've done this use the same process as you used in step 2 to classify them as facts or opinions. Then move to step 4.
Step 4. Now you have identified the facts and opinions associated with your chosen subject, it's time to think about your own opinions. Which of the opinions you identified in steps 2 and 3 do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? Do you have any opinions on the subject which you haven't already explored? Now move to the final step.
Step 5. Finally, make sure you identify anything raised in the other steps which you need or would like to explore further.
Once all these steps have been finished, your assignment is complete.