Lesson: 08 Bias

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Introduction:

  • Understand importance of bias in information presentation.
  • Assess website content for bias.

Objectives:

  • Understand importance of bias in information presentation.
  • Assess website content for bias.

Materials:

  • Definition of Bias, Types of Bias, Websites needed for the lesson, Appendix 15.
  • Printouts of Worksheet 7, one per student group.
  • Access to the websites needed for the lesson and the activity.

Activities:

 

1. Show the class this Michelle Obama YouTube Video.

2. Introduce Bias to the students, and engage in a discussion regarding Bias.

  • What is Bias?
  • What are the different types of Bias they are aware of ? Possible types would be religious, personal, political, media, cultural, corporate etc. See Appendix 15.
  • How would they assess content for Bias?
  • How does their personal Bias play into any assessment they do ?

3. Divide students into their anchor task groups, and give them a copy of the activity worksheet.

4. Ask each group to summarize their discussions.

 


Homework:


Assessment Questions:

  • Do your students understand the definition of bias?
  • Are students aware of different reasons for bias?
  • Can students assess website content for bias?

Connections to Standards:


Teacher Notes:

 

  • Teachers should be aware of their own bias, so they can help students uncover theirs.
  • Bias is an important issue as well in journalism ethics, and the teacher may want to pay special attention to this area.
  • You may want to give students a work day or two after this lesson, before the next one.

 


Time needed to teach:

1 Session


Tags:

Web search
Evaluating credibility, bias
Multimedia
Bias



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