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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.
Students can learn about bias in text and the rhetorical principles proposed by Aristotle.
Students examine stereotypes and how to identify their own assumptions. In this bias and assumption lesson plan 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.
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 plan, 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.
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.
Imagine a lesson that models for learners how to separate facts from opinions. How to detect bias. How to evaluate a source of information. How to identify propaganda. Although designed for middle schoolers, the activities in this packet teach skills all voters should develop. Groups analyze presidential campaign commercials to determine how the ads are designed to educate and influence the electorate.
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.
Critical thinking and social justice are central themes for this resource on bias and crime in media. The class views and discusses an incisive PSA that highlights assumptions based on race. Small groups read newspaper opinion pieces about reporting a person's faith in crime news and deconstruct how it can influence bias toward groups of people based on religion. Learners then produce PSAs of their own to point out and counteract bias.
Students compare and contrast writings about pre-American Revolution events. In this political agenda lesson, students conduct research to determine how bias and perspective have made their way into historical documents. Students examine historical documents and share their findings with their classmates.
Before incorporating current events into your classroom, make sure your learners are informed and critical readers! Compare events as presented by an African and American media source, and help your class understand the impact of bias and perspective in the texts they read.
Students read letters from George Washington and Fredrick Douglass. Using the primary sources, they identify the tone, purpose and author biases. They also discover the cultural contexts within them and share their opinions with the class.
Ninth graders explore the concept of imperialism. In this imperialism instructional activity, 9th graders analyze primary sources regarding British imperialism in Africa. Students analyze the sources for credibility as they gain an understanding of the independence movements in Africa after World War II.
Eleventh graders recognize some, but not all ethical processes (e.g., independent verification, clarifying assumptions, disclosing conflicts of interest) that shape scientific endeavors. Students build awareness of how various sources of bias potentially affect outcomes. i
Learners explore the types of media that U.S. teens prefer the ways in which viewers identify and account for journalistic bias. They explore the ways in which media shapes one's opinion or affects their judgment.
Students explore equality by analyzing their own classroom belongings. In this gender bias lesson, students investigate their classroom and identify objects as either male or female biased. Students collaborate while exploring the idea and participate in a classroom discussion afterwards.
Twelfth graders examine bias, prejudeice, and propaganda in reading selections. They view commercials and print ads, discuss how the advertisers are trying to convince them of something, and keep a commercial journal.
Students differentiate graphical representations looking for the bias. They use a systematic process in order to solve problems. Students explain how a problem is solved and the steps involved. Even deeper than this is giving the justification for a particular method being used.
Students investigate why some people choose an avatar different from their own personality. In this psychology lesson, students explore three different virtual worlds to collect information. They analyze results and formulate a conclusion.