Understanding the innate difference between a fact and an opinion is a key to making good decisions. Whether it be facts about a product we are about to purchase or about the record of a political candidate. There are entirely industries that are focused on blurring the public's ability to distinguish between these two. The purpose of any form of writing or any form of expression can hide the difference between facts and opinions very subtly. It can help better understand if what you are taking is objective and takes all accounts on the matter into perspective. Being able to consistently determine this will heighten your research skills to the next level. Facts are fully verifiable and there is no argument as to whether they are valid. This is where scientific research comes into play. Facts when used properly in context can help us draw strong conclusions and give our work meaning. Opinions are based on judgement and can be plagued with bias. Beyond look at facts, we can make our judgement on a piece based on who put it together. If you reading a statement on how healthy drilling for oil is that was prepared by the people that are looking to make money from it, bias heavily comes into play and can be seen as an assortment of facts spun in a context to make it appear as evidence.
Remind your students that while people are entitled to their own opinions, they cannot have different facts. Facts exist independently of what anyone thinks. The following collection of worksheets will present different statements to the student, and ask for a determination of whether the statement is a fact or an opinion. Some worksheets will present a subject, and ask the student to write both a fact and an opinion about it. Others will ask the student to explain why a given statement is a fact or an opinion.