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Facts & Opinions in Commercials

Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: SLC, Utah
Date Submitted: September 15, 2001

Follow up your lessons on fact and opinion with some previously recorded TV commercials. Tape record 5-10 commercials from television. Commercials that work well are such things as cleaning products or food items. Have students divide their paper into 2 columns, labeling one as "facts" and the others as "opinions." As students watch the commercials, have them carefully listen to every statement and tally whether the statement was a fact or an opinion. Kids will quickly see that there are probably more opinions in commercials than facts!

As an extension to this activity, divide kids into groups to create their own commercials. Tell them they must include at least 3 facts and 3 opinions for their "product." Perform commercials and tally again.

     
 

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