Opinion • Based on a belief or feeling on what seems true or probable • An opinion or assertion is a judgment. • Ex. Green is the best color for the room. • A judgment or belief that may be supported by factual evidence, but it cannot be proved.
Commonplace Assertion • Example: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Or “Art lifts the human spirit.” • A claim that a person makes but cannot always prove. • Be aware that some writers present opinions, assertions, or beliefs as facts. To get the truth, use resources to distinguish between them.
Word Clues for Recognizing Opinion and Commonplace Assertions: • I believe • In my opinion • Without question • Always/All • Cannot • Must • Never • Best/Worst • These are broad statements that reveal a personal judgment.
Facts • Can be proved or disproved.
REMEMBER: Factual Claim – statement that can be proven from evidence such as fact, personal observation, reliable source, or expert’s opinion Opinion – a statement of personal belief, feeling or thought. Does not require proof Commonplace Assertion – a statement that many people assume to be true but which is not necessarily so.