Source Bias Teacher Resources
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In the Newsroom: The Fairness Formula
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Reporting the news is easy, right? Think again! Show young scholars the difficult choices journalists make every day through a lesson that includes reading, writing, and discussion elements. Individuals compare the language and sources...
George Washington and Frederick Douglass letters: Recognizing Point of View and Bias
Ninth graders compare and contrast the tone and purpose of letters written by George Washington and Frederick Douglass. In this primary source analysis lesson, 9th graders read and respond to questions about the letters and authors'...
Neighborhood or Slum? Snapshots of Five Points: 1827-1867
9th - 11th
How has your local neighborhood changed throughout recent history? Young researchers evaluate census data, images, and primary source descriptions describing the living situation in the antebellum Five Points neighborhood. They consider...
Looking for Trouble - Using the Internet to Research Structured Controversy
6th - 12th
Discuss controversial issues with your charges. More importantly, discuss how you have to research both sides of a controversy before taking a stance. In groups, middle schoolers research the controversial issue of dog sled racing. They...
The African American Experience in NC After Reconstruction
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Race relations in the early 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that asks high schoolers to examine excerpts from five primary source documents to evaluate arguments for and against African American progress....
Advanced 5: Evaluating Credibility of Sources
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
How do discerning readers determine bias and credibility? Ask small groups to figure it out! First, each group is provided with either articles or videos that contain bias. They examine the resources, respond to included questions, and...
Media Skills: Crash Course Media Literacy
11 mins 8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Did you realize that Internet access is a basic human right? For those of us fortunate to have online access, it's essential to have media smarts! Discover the five skills to be media savvy during an engaging video. The host discusses...
Free Willy? An Argument Analysis of the Controversy over Captive Killer Whale Populations
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
An abused captive or a treasured performer? Class members conduct an analysis of arguments presented by both sides regarding the captive killer whale population, labeling those claims that can be supported and those that need additional...
History of Media Literacy Part 2: Crash Course Media Literacy
10 mins 8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How did radio and television impact media literacy? Explore the rise of protectionism using a video, part of a Crash Course media literacy series. Scholars discover the social, moral, and political sides of media analysis and criticism.
Comparing Visual Interpretations and Actual Events: War & Battle
A Venn Diagram is used to compare artistic and historical representations of a single event. Young analysts view the provided images, read textbook descriptions, and discuss the validity of each representation in terms of bias and...
The Marshmallow Reading/Writing Project
11th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Which option would most children choose: One marshmallow now, or two marshmallows in 10 minutes? Learners watch the social experiment on video and discuss their observations. They then read articles and work in small groups to analyze...
Critically Examining, Analyzing and Evaluating Picture Books on Aboriginal Canada
6th - 10th
Students combat pervasive stereotypes. In this Critical Analysis lesson, students examine and evaluate the stereotypes of Aboriginal groups, as depicted in a picture book. Students will use primary and secondary sources to compose...
Food Insecurity in a Global World: Perspectives from Africa (Lesson One)
9th - 12th
Students investigate food scarcity. In this global issues lesson, students examine food scarcity issues that have impacted the people of Eastern Africa. Students use the information they gather to determine methods of providing food to...
Food Insecurity in a Global World: Perspectives from Africa
8th - 12th
Students investigate food shortages. In this global issues lesson, students examine how food scarcity issues have impacted the people of Eastern Africa. Students use the information they gather to consider how historical, political, and...
History Through the Spyglass: Developing Research Skills for Social Studies
Research everyday life of people living in British North America in the mid 1800s. Use this British North America history lesson to have students discuss resources to use for researching history. They will read about the Hensley Horror,...
Demonstrating Comprehension through Evaluating Web Sites
Eleventh graders evaluate the content, credibility, bias, and usability of various Web sites and their value as potential research sources. In this Web site evaluation instructional activity, 11th graders discuss, research, and compile...
A Bishop's Description of the Christianized Indians of Spanish Florida, 1675
10th - 12th
Students explore mission life in La Florida as observed by a Spanish bishop who visited in the 1670s. In this Spanish Florida lesson, students recognize the value of primary sources in illuminating the past and consider factors such as...
Protecting Athletes with Genetic Conditions: Sickle Cell Trait
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Should school and professional teams test athletes for sickle cell trait? Will it protect them by providing knowledge or lead to discrimination by not allowing them to participate in sports? After learning about this genetic disorder,...
Researching African Americans Who Made a Difference
6th - 8th
Celebrate Black History Month with this lesson, in which middle schoolers create an essay about a famous African-American. Writers conduct research online, take notes to write an essay in proper format, and use ideas, text, and graphics...
Two perspectives on slavery: A comparison of personal narratives
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How are parallel experiences of growing up on a plantation and living through the Civil War affected by cultural background, especially through the lens of American slavery? The narratives of Mary Norcott Bryan and William Henry...
Animals as Pets: Everything You Need to Know
3rd - 5th CCSS: Designed
Students complete internet based research on pet care in order to prepare a written and oral presentation for the class. They examine the life span, environment, food and grooming of the pet they chose to research. They complete the...
I Know What I Am... but, What Are You? (Classifying Living Things)
3rd - 5th
Students examine how to classify living things by effects, environment, and activity. They explore various websites, develop a list of facts they learn about classifications, and participate in a distance online learning session with the...
Abercrombie & Fitch Catalogue: Is it Pornographic?
10th - 12th
Young scholars research the legal definition of pornography from a law textbook, reference books available in class or online. Students view the Abercrombie and Fitch home page. A selection of resources related to this topic is linked....
The Colonial Legacy of Sierra Leone (W. Africa)
11th - 12th
Students investigate an in-depth study of civil strife in a former British colony fueled by 'conflict' diamonds. They examine how the violence and civil strife rampant in a particular West African nation has a lot to do with its colonial...
Germans and Irish in Augusta and Franklin Counties
9th - 12th
Students examine 19th century newspapers, a last and testament, and census manuscripts to analyze the Irish and German immigrant communities in the 1850s and 1860s. They write a letter from the perspective of an Irish or German immigrant.