Conflicting Viewpoints Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RI.8.6
Most works of literature have many different characters within them. Some of the characters are the main attraction, while others just there to serve a supporting role. Regardless of a characters importance to a story, each character is driven by their own motives and agenda. There are many instances where two characters that are seemingly in perfect alignment differ their views on certain events and actions. These worksheets were designed to help you spot differing viewpoints by various characters of any work.
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How to Identify Conflicting Viewpoints
Understanding points of view of an author in a text is very important for the overall understanding of that text. There are several occasions in a text where the author presents two conflicting points of views because it is necessary to convey proper information and full meaning to the readers. Identification of such conflicting viewpoints within a text is not too difficult but can be a little trickier at times.
Sometimes, merely reading the whole text carefully can give you a hint of the conflicting viewpoints. However, there are a few ways to locate conflicting viewpoints in a text easily even by skimming it without paying much attention to details. Some of those tricks are given below:
Read The Topic Sentence of Each Paragraph
The topic statements can introduce the main idea of each paragraph by reading them just for one or two times. Reading these statements can help readers in the identification of conflicting viewpoints easily. You can also compare and contrast all the topic sentences in a text to find where the conflicting viewpoints are hidden.
Look for Specific Words That Introduce Conflicts
Within the same paragraph, two opposing viewpoints are introduced by the authors using some specific set of words and phrases. The most common examples of such words and phrases that introduce conflicting ideas include on the other hand, while, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, opposing to this, contrary to this, conversely, contrastingly, etc. you can skim the text for such words and focus on the idea being presented by the usage of such words to identify a viewpoint that opposes the writer’s main purpose of writing the text.
Look for Fact and Figures
An author is likely to introduce a conflicting viewpoint by stating some proven statistics in its favor. Locating facts and figures in a text are likely to take the reader directly to a conflicting viewpoint.