Name:__________________________________ Date:_____________________________________ Author’s Point of View A fact is something that is true and can be verified or proven to be true by checking other sources. An opinion is belief or view point about the same topic. An opinion cannot be proved by checking other sources. 1. Read the article below. 2. Highlight and Underline opinions (the U icon on the tool bar). 3. Highlight and change the color of the keyword that made the statement an opinion. The following words signal that a statement is an opinion: seems believe likely think probably appears Many adjectives are also a sign of an opinion, such as best, pretty, and biggest. Birds of Prey Birds of prey are the most magnificent animals in the world. They are excellent parents. Each day they clean their nests of eggshell and bones so that other animals are not attracted to the nest. They are the best hunters. Some such as the owl hunt at night while others such as hawks and eagles hunt during the day. Although the way they hunt is different from each other, the bird of prey has the most extraordinary hunting skills of any bird. Birds of prey are also spectacular fliers. Some are able to soar to great heights and then plummet to the earth at up to 80 miles per hour. In order to fly a bird needs three things, a light weight body, strong muscles, and flight feathers. Without the flight feather the birds would not be able to get off the ground. Birds of prey are very important to the environment. They hunt mice, rats, insects and other pests they destroy farm crops. They also act as nature’s garbage collector eating dead and dying animals that could spread disease and parasites. They are in danger and many are protected by law. People are the greatest threat to birds of prey. When we move into a rural are we take away their homes and poison their food with pesticides. Birds of prey protect and care for the world we live in. We need to do our best to care and protect.