People today live in communities that consist of people from all over
the world. The world is connected by telephone, Internet,
television, and much more. It is very important that we learn to
tell the difference between fact and opinion.
Fact: Knowledge or information based on a
Opinion: A view, judgment, or appraisal
formed in the mind about a particular matter. A belief or judgment
that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
Read the passage below and determine whether the
statements that follow are fact or opinion.
Yesterday, Jamul and Brian went fishing at Lake
Winnebago. Jamul drove his new fishing boat to the north side of the
lake. After fishing for 20 minutes, Brian caught the first fish.
It was a 23 inch Walleye. Jamul told Brian to throw the fish back
into the water because he knew they were going to catch many fish much
bigger than 23 inches.
After fishing for another 30 minutes, Jamul
caught a 20 inch Northern Pike. Jamul threw the fish back because he
knew that he and Brian were going to catch many more fish.
As the day went on, Brian caught two more
Walleyes that were under 17 inches long. The law states that all
Walleyes under 17 inches must be released back into the water. Brian
released the Walleyes.
Jamul and Brian had now fished for four hours and
the fishing was very slow. Brian suggested they move to the west
side of the lake. Jamul felt the east side would be a better fishing
spot, so he drove his boat to the east side of the lake. After two
more hours of fishing, neither fisherman had anything to show. Both
fishermen agreed that the fish weren't biting very well and that the
fishing would be much better tomorrow. So, they packed up and headed
home with an empty daily bag limit.
Are the following statements FACT or OPINION?
1. Brian and Jamul are fishermen.
2. Brian caught a 23 inch Walleye.
3. The fishing will be much better for Jamul and Brian tomorrow.
4. Jamul is a better fisherman than Brian.
5. There is a 17 inch minimum size limit on Walleyes.
6. Fishing on the west side of the lake is better than fishing on
the east side of the lake.
7. Brian caught more fish than Jamul.
8. The fishermen would have caught more fish if Jamul would have
listened to Brian's ideas.
9. Brian and Jamul fished for six hours.
10. Jamul predicted that he and Brian would catch many fish over
23 inches long.
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