Summarize/Distinguish Fact From Opinion
- To summarize means to state the main points in a piece of writing briefly. Here is a sentence that summarizes the paragraph below. Fascinating giraffe measurements include its amazing tongue and tail length, its height, its weight, and its foot size.
- A fact is information that can be proven true. An opinion expresses a belief or personal preference. The measurements in the paragraph above are facts. It is the author's opinion that no other animal has such fascinating measurements.
Identify Cause And Effect/Make Predictions
- A cause makes something happens. An effect is what happens because of a cause. In the paragraph below, the cause is Dad wanting to keep ducks off the pool. The effect is that he tries several different methods to get the ducks to leave.
- A prediction is an educated guess about what will happen next. A reader may predict that Dad plans to dress as a dog and blow the horn to try- probably unsuccessfully- to scare the ducks away.
Determine Point Of View/Draw A Conclusion
- Point of view is the perspective from which something is described. The paragraph below is written from the point of view from a tarantula owner's sister, who dislikes tarantulas.
- A conclusion is a decision or judgment based on reasoning and the information included in a piece of writing. A reader could conclude that the author of this paragraph will never have a tarantula for a pet.
Find The Main Idea/Look For Supporting Details
- The main idea is the most information an author wants a reader to learn from a piece of writing. The main idea of the paragraph below is that ostriches have many interesting characteristics.
- Supporting details are information that shows that the main idea is true. In the paragraph above, the facts about an ostrich's speed, weight, eyes, and eggs are supporting details.
Dimensions: 22"H x 17"W
Grade Level: 4-9
- 4 Posters
- 4 Reproducible activity sheets
- Teacher's guide
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