News Worksheet 6A: Lead-Writing Exercise: Fact vs. Opinion

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Journalists need to know the difference between fact and opinion.  For each of the following, indicate whether the sentence is merely factual or whether it strays into opinion.

 

 

Example

The detention hall is the worst place on earth.   OPINION

The detention hall is were students serve their detentions.   FACT

 

 

 

CIRCLE THE BEST ANSWER

1.

The secretary of state spoke today about the oil spill.

OPINION

FACT

 

2.

Sports journalists say Tiger Woods has one of the best swings in golf.

 

OPINION

FACT


3.

Politically, she is the most conservative person on her block.

OPINION

FACT

 

4.

Last night, a car crashed into a fence on Oak Street.

OPINION

FACT

 

5.

Lady Gaga is the most visually impressive person in the entertainment industry today.

OPINION

FACT

 

6.

The mayor is scheduled to speak about the state of the city tomorrow.

OPINION

FACT

 

7.

Structural engineers indicated that the administration building is not likely to be able to withstand a 7.0 earthquake.

OPINION

FACT

8.

That song was the loudest, most cacophonous jumble of musical junk the world has ever heard.

OPINION

FACT

 

9.

That gopher was looking at me and had vengeance on its mind.

OPINION

FACT

 

10.

A year after the lawnmower broke, the grass on Tom’s lawn had grown so high that it was impenetrable.

OPINION

FACT

 

 



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