How can I express my feelings?

1. Real Life Situation

My friend Jenny has told me that our local park will be turned into a waste tip. I am really shocked. I often go there with my friends to play football and talk. Why can’t they build the waste tip somewhere else?

At school we talked with our teacher about the waste tip and decided to write a letter to the local government to tell them what we think. We spent a long time writing our letter. We wrote all the reasons that we think the waste tip is a bad idea. We had a lot of hope that our letter would change the mind of the local government.

We waited a long time for the local government to reply. We have been invited to attend a public meeting to present our opinions about this project. We are preparing our ideas and presentations.

2. Introduction

s3 image 1How can I express my feelings? You will investigate how people express their feelings both positive and negative and how to distinguish between feelings and opinions.





3. Task

To understand about the skills associated with listening and discuss why it’s important to listen to others.
To understand the difference between expressing feelings and opinions.
To distinguish between feelings and opinions about a local issue.

4. Activities

Activity 1: Express yourself!
Activity 2: Feeling or opinion?
Activity 3: A local issue

 Activity 1: Express yourself!

Consider and understand the skills associated with listening and discuss why it’s important to listen to others.


Work in pairs for this activity and sit facing your partner.

Part 1:

Think of a subject you are interested in.

Your task is to both talk at the same time about your subject without stopping or repeating for one minute.

Your teacher will indicate when you should start and finish.  After the minute has finished everyone must stop talking.

Discuss these questions:

Was it easy or difficult to keep talking?
How did you feel?
Do you know what the other person’s subject was about?

Part 2:

One of you must talk about another topic for one minute without pausing.
The other is not allowed to show any facial expressions but must keep looking at you the whole time.

Discuss these questions:

How did the speaker feel whilst they were talking?
How did the listener feel?

Part 3:

Switch roles - the listener must now talk for one minute non-stop.
Your partner must pretend not to be interested and must try as hard as possible not to listen to you talking.

Discuss how you felt during this activity.

How can we make sure we really understand what people have said?

 Activity 2: Feeling or opinion?

Consider the question ‘How can people express feelings?’ and discuss examples of different methods.


You will be working in small groups of 4 or 5, sitting round a table or work area.

Open a copy of the newspaper article provided

Discuss in your group:

What is an opinion?
What is a feeling?

Read the newspaper article and discuss in your group what is opinion and what is feeling.

Highlight on the newspaper article the difference between opinions and feelings. You can do this by highlighting words that express feelings in one colour and words that express opinions in another.

Feedback your findings to the rest of the class considering these questions
How much of the article contains opinions?
Where can you find examples feelings in the newspaper article?

Can you tell the difference between fact and opinion?

 Activity 3: A local issue

Investigate people’s expression of feelings about a local issue.  Using a local issue in a newspaper distinguishing between feelings and opinion.


Your teacher will provide you with a newspaper articles or a link to a newspaper article online.

Read through the article and distinguish between feelings and opinions then highlight the differences.

Print the questionnaire .

Take the questionnaire home and discuss this issue with family and friends.  Record the responses in the questionnaire.

Ask your family and friends how they feel about the issue, you will then need to distinguish between feelings and opinions in the responses.

Bring the questionnaire back to school and be prepared to discuss your findings with the rest of the class.

5. Reflection

Write down three things you have learnt about how you can express your feelings.

Write down two things you would like to find out more about.

Choose one of these things, how could you find out more about it?

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6. Conclusion

This webquest has looked at the difference between feelings and opinions. You have looked at an issue that is local to you and considered peoples opinions as well as the facts about the issue.

7. Teacher notes

Age: 8 - 12


Activity 1: Express yourself! (10 minutes)
Activity 2: Feeling or opinion? (20 minutes)
Activity 3: A local issue (30 minutes plus homework)

Curriculum / Subject (cross-curricular links):

Learning objectives:

By the end of the quest all students will:
Understand the importance of listening in communication.
Demonstrate that the way we communicate affects other people positively and negatively.
Differentiate between opinion and feeling.
Express a range of opinions in both positive and negative ways.
Recognise that people have different values or opinions but an equal right to have their values respected.

Supporting Information

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