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Reading Fact and Opinion: Recycling

In this worksheet, students read an article and practise distinguishing fact from opinion.

'Reading Fact and Opinion: Recycling' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Inference and Evidence

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this article from a local paper on the topic of recycling.

Are we doing enough?

Despite most people acknowledging that recycling is a key way to protect the planet for future generations, as a country we still only recycle about 20% of our waste. According to some sources, we could recycle up to 60% if we tried hard enough. So why don't we?

Some people argue that collections are not frequent enough. “Our recycling is collected only once a month,” says Mr Penrose. “Within a few days I have filled up the little green box to the brim, so I end up putting recyclable items in the general waste.” When we asked councillor Markins about this, he replied: “There are three recycling points in the town centre for people to leave their recycling between house collections.” But Mr Penrose is an old man, living outside town. It is too much to expect him to get the bus in just to put some cardboard boxes in the recycling bin!

"I want to be a good citizen,” Mr Penrose explained, “but at the moment, I guess I am just one of those people you class as not doing enough for the environment. It isn't my fault, though.” 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it was easier to do. This is an issue that the town council need to look at; they say they will discuss it at the next monthly meeting.

Re-read the opening sentence:

"Despite most people acknowledging that recycling is a key way to protect the planet for future generations, as a country we still only recycle about 20% of our waste."

 

Match up the clauses below with the correct label: fact or opinion.

Column A

Column B

most people acknowledge...
opinion
about 20% of our waste...
fact

Which of the following sentences changes this opinion into a fact most effectively?

"Despite most people acknowledging that recycling is a key way to protect the planet"

It could be argued that...

The majority of residents in this district (54%) agree...

Many young people think...

Re-read this phrase:

"we could recycle up to 60% if we tried hard enough"

 

Which part is a fact, which is an opinion?

Column A

Column B

we could recycle up to 60%
opinion
if we tried hard enough
fact

Is the first quotation from Mr Penrose a fact or an opinion?

“Our recycling is collected only once a month”

fact

opinion

Re-read this exchange:

When we asked councillor Markins about this, he replied: “There are three recycling points in the town centre for people to leave their recycling between house collections.” But Mr Penrose is an old man, living outside town. It is too much to expect him to get the bus in just to put some cardboard boxes in the recycling bin!

 

Which parts of this are facts, and which are opinions?

 Fact Opinion
There are three recycling points in town.
Mr Penrose is an old man.
Mr Penrose lives outside town.
It is too much to expect of him.

Mr Penrose explains that his lack of recycling isn't my fault.

This is an opinion, but is the writer sympathetic towards him (agrees with him) or unsympathetic (disagrees with him)?

sympathetic

unsympathetic

If Mr Penrose was being interviewed by an unsympathetic writer, what solutions could they give which would help with the recycling problem? Choose three.

Buy food with less packaging.

Buy more food.

Arrange with neighbours to take a trip to the recyling point together.

Get an extra green box.

Just put everything in the general waste.

What is the word used to describe facts with numbers in?

"9 out of 10 people"

"we could recycle up to 60%"

What useful function does this article serve?

It shows that people want to recycle.

It shows that recycling is a waste of time.

It shows that recycling can be difficult for people to do, but they are willing to try.

Why do writers use a mixture of facts and opinions in articles such as this one? Choose two.

It is the law - they have to use both.

Just facts would be very boring to read.

Just opinions would not tell us anything factual.

The writer might get bored of writing otherwise.

Because it looks good.

  • Question 1

Re-read the opening sentence:

"Despite most people acknowledging that recycling is a key way to protect the planet for future generations, as a country we still only recycle about 20% of our waste."

 

Match up the clauses below with the correct label: fact or opinion.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

most people acknowledge...
opinion
about 20% of our waste...
fact
  • Question 2

Which of the following sentences changes this opinion into a fact most effectively?

"Despite most people acknowledging that recycling is a key way to protect the planet"

CORRECT ANSWER
The majority of residents in this district (54%) agree...
EDDIE SAYS
Using relevant statistics is a good way to show that you're presenting a fact.
  • Question 3

Re-read this phrase:

"we could recycle up to 60% if we tried hard enough"

 

Which part is a fact, which is an opinion?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

we could recycle up to 60%
fact
if we tried hard enough
opinion
  • Question 4

Is the first quotation from Mr Penrose a fact or an opinion?

“Our recycling is collected only once a month”

CORRECT ANSWER
fact
EDDIE SAYS
The statement is a fact because it could be proved to be true or false.
  • Question 5

Re-read this exchange:

When we asked councillor Markins about this, he replied: “There are three recycling points in the town centre for people to leave their recycling between house collections.” But Mr Penrose is an old man, living outside town. It is too much to expect him to get the bus in just to put some cardboard boxes in the recycling bin!

 

Which parts of this are facts, and which are opinions?

CORRECT ANSWER
 Fact Opinion
There are three recycling points in town.
Mr Penrose is an old man.
Mr Penrose lives outside town.
It is too much to expect of him.
EDDIE SAYS
'it is too much to expect of him' is the only opinion.
  • Question 6

Mr Penrose explains that his lack of recycling isn't my fault.

This is an opinion, but is the writer sympathetic towards him (agrees with him) or unsympathetic (disagrees with him)?

CORRECT ANSWER
sympathetic
EDDIE SAYS
The writer is sympathetic towards Mr Penrose and takes his side over the town council.
  • Question 7

If Mr Penrose was being interviewed by an unsympathetic writer, what solutions could they give which would help with the recycling problem? Choose three.

CORRECT ANSWER
Buy food with less packaging.
Arrange with neighbours to take a trip to the recyling point together.
Get an extra green box.
  • Question 8

What is the word used to describe facts with numbers in?

"9 out of 10 people"

"we could recycle up to 60%"

CORRECT ANSWER
statistics
statistic
EDDIE SAYS
When you're using numbers to describe facts, you're using statistics.
  • Question 9

What useful function does this article serve?

CORRECT ANSWER
It shows that recycling can be difficult for people to do, but they are willing to try.
  • Question 10

Why do writers use a mixture of facts and opinions in articles such as this one? Choose two.

CORRECT ANSWER
Just facts would be very boring to read.
Just opinions would not tell us anything factual.
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