Opinion vs. Fact
Have you ever tried to convince a friend to see a movie you loved? Or
argued with someone over your favourite band? Or tried to convince a
teacher to extend the deadline on an assignment? If you’ve done these
things, you’ve already been expressing your opinion.
On the literacy test, you will be asked a question and you will have
to take a side and defend your point of view. In the past, test
questions have included:
- Should students be required to participate in extra-curricular
- Should parents limit their children's access to video games?
- Should school cafeterias be allowed to sell junk food?
Usually, these questions have something to do with teenagers and
don’t require any special knowledge.
What these questions do require though is an opinion. The first thing
we need to review is recognizing the difference between stating an
opinion versus stating a fact.
A fact is something that is true about a subject and can be tested or
For example, “Uniforms are mandatory in all Catholic High Schools.”
(This can be verified.)
An opinion is what someone thinks about that subject.
For example, “Uniforms help improve school spirit.” (This is a
belief…the writer needs to convince us to agree with his or her