Lesson 6
Take Action - Writing Persuasively

Finding the Balance Between
Facts & Opinions


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Revise their commentaries for content


Students reread their commentaries, revising them to balance facts and opinions.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can we strengthen our use of facts and opinions to make our point?

Recommended Time:

90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:




Commentary packet that contains the following:

  1. Reading/Research: Writing Commentaries Handout
  2. Copies of the following commentaries and/or appropriate substitutes:

“Starve, Get Aid, Repeat”  by Craig and Marc Kielburger
“Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are”  by Nick Kristof
“Kyleigh’s Law’ is not the Answer for Connecticut’s Young Drivers”  by Brian Koonz

Drafts of commentary


Technology Required:



Lesson Design:

  • Instruct students to revisit the commentary examples that they highlighted for facts and opinions, reminding them about the conclusions they drew from that lesson.
  • Explain that they will be doing the same work today, highlighting their own writing for facts and opinions.
  • Students should revise their commentaries based on their findings, adding factual information if necessary and/or strengthening the opinions in the piece.