Learn the difference between a fact and an opinion. This used to be easy. I would have students bring in a newspaper. We would compare the front page with the opinion page. Today's newspapers have opinion on every page, and many readers have difficulty telling the difference. Learning the difference will serve you in voting, in jury duty, on a job and in life. It is a valuable skill. Don't be afraid to double check facts or to differ in an opinion. Writers are asked to verify their facts with more than one source and to evaluate the source. Know that you are entitled to your opinion, but sometimes you must defend it. You defend an opinion with verifiable facts.