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CareerStart lessons: Grade six

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Learning outcomes

Students will evaluate the differences between fact and opinion by looking at various examples related to careers.

Teacher planning

Materials needed

  • Fact and Opinion in the Real World” handout (one copy for each student and one copied as a transparency)
  • Career flash card instructions (on the bottom of the handout)
  • Index cards — ten for each student
  • Pencil

Time required for lesson

55-60 minutes


  1. Introduce and brainstorm about facts and opinions in everyday life. (10 min)
  2. Guided practice: Project “Fact and Opinion in the Real World” handout on the overhead projector, and complete it as a class. (10 min)
  3. Using index cards, have the students create career flash cards — 5 for fact, 5 for opinion — using careers as their topic. Students should write the fact or opinion in a complete sentence on one side of the card. On the opposite side of the card, they should write “F” or “O” for fact or opinion. Discuss the importance of questioning whether a statement is fact or opinion. Tell students to be careful when creating “fact” cards, and encourage cooperative learning when cards are being created. (20 min)
  4. With a partner, exchange flash cards. Students should swap partners after each has shared their set of cards. Swap as many times as desired. (10-15 min)
  5. Class discussion and closure: Conduct a discussion with students and remind them that dealing with fact and opinion is an everyday occurrence. Their cards are proof of this. (5 min)

North Carolina curriculum alignment

English Language Arts (2004)

Grade 6

  • Goal 2: The learner will explore and analyze information from a variety of sources.
    • Objective 2.01: Explore informational materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by:
      • monitoring comprehension for understand of what is read, heard, and/or viewed.
      • studying the characteristics of informational works.
      • restating and summarizing information.
      • determining the importance and accuracy of information.
      • making connections between works, self and related topics/information.
      • comparing and/or contrasting information.
      • drawing inferences and/or conclusions.
      • generating questions.