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Students analyze political cartoons of the Great Depression. In this Great Depression lesson, students determine how Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt  led during the economic downturn as they respond to discussion questions regarding the provided political cartoons.
The ability to analyze an argument is a skill emphasized by the Common Core standards. Offer your class an opportunity to develop and hone their skills by providing them the testimonies in an Oregon court case. After reading the facts of the situation, high schoolers examine the statements of the accused and the arresting officer. Individuals then adopt the point of view of the police chief, a liberal civil rights leader, a defense psychologist, or the prosecution psychologist, and development an argument that supports an interpretation of the evidence from this point of view.
Analyzing primary and secondary sources is a necessary skill for students to attain, and can be learned through interesting activities.
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis lesson, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.
How does background and life experience influence point of view, attitudes, and biases? To answer this question, class members examine two letters: one from Frederick Douglass to his former owner, Thomas Auld, and one from George Washington to John Mercer. While the topic of slavery is raised in both correspondences, the tone and purpose of the documents are vastly different. Readers are asked to consider why Washington’s letter displays a lack of emotional involvement with the topic while Douglass' responses are very passionate. Included in the packet are questions to guide the reading of both letters and a writing assignment.
Students can learn about bias in text and the rhetorical principles proposed by Aristotle.
Learners examine stereotypes and how to identify their own assumptions.  In this bias and assumption instructional activity students read a story and complete a worksheet. 
Scholars assess how word choice and linguistic patterns affect a presidential debate. They examine candidates' words for repetition and analyze what this repetition means. Then they locate countries that fit the expression free world. In the end, they participate in a round table discussion.
Young scholars practice their reading comprehension by analyzing letters written by historic figures.  In this slavery lesson, students read letters between former slave Frederick Douglass and President George Washington and analyze their tone, biases, and writing abilities.  Young scholars write fictitious letters acting as Douglass and Washington based on the subject of slavery.
Students analyze mass media to analyze media bias. For this media bias lesson, students read example situations and definitions about media bias. Students read and discuss how to be aware of media bias.
Students explore statistics by conducting a scientific study. In this data analysis lesson, students conduct a class poll about popular foods of their classmates. Students complete a worksheet and discuss how bias opinions affect the outcome of a study.
Students develop opinions from a variety of materials, recognize and analyze bias, propaganda and stereotypes, and evaluate effectiveness of print advertisements.
Students read The Crucible to explore causes and effects of Salem Witch Trials, analyze concept of witch hunt, investigate other witch hunts of historical significance, and write paper analyzing a political campaign that could be labeled a witch hunt.
The challenge of analyzing primary sources is addressed by a detailed plan from Inspiration Software. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is used to model how the primary source analysis template can aid in creating an analysis of documents. Adaptations and extensions are included, as are the original and model templates.
Students discover details about the Vietnam Era. In this 20th century American history lesson, students participate in classroom station activities that require them to analyze speeches by President Nixon, music from the era, and photographs from the era. 
Learners analyze historical perspectives. In this Reconstruction lesson plan, students compare and contrast the Northern and Southern views on Reconstruction as they analyze letters from Robert E. Lee and read Confederate Military History.
Pupils read Arthur Miller's The Crucible in order to gain information about the causes and effects of the Salem witchcraft trials. They analyze and discuss the concept of witch hunts. Students investigate the historical causes and effects of the Salem witchcraft trials. They explore the causes and effects of other witch hunts of historical significance. Pupils write a paper on their findings.
In this electronics instructional activity, students analyze electrical circuits to answer 21 short answer and problem solving questions about bipolar transistors.
As young consumers of media, it is important for high schoolers to explore concepts of bias and prejudice, and how they may be present in media. After discussing ideological messages that media can contain, individuals complete a warm-up activity about connotation. They then read an article about the different ways the media conveys bias. Finally, small groups look at news stories and evaluate their level of bias.
See how bias operates firsthand. Half of the class reads one article while the other half reads another article on the same event. The obvious differences emerge when the two sides talk about their observations though. Several handouts help learners analyze news sources and be able to discern blatant bias and its effects.

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