Lesson Plan

Bias Through History: Analyzing Historical Sources

Young journalists use the E.S.C.A.P.E. (evidence, source, context, audience, purpose, and execution) strategy to evaluate historical and contemporary examples of bias in the news. The class then uses the provided discussion questions to reflect on why it is important to recognize media bias.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Display and review the E.S.C.A.P.E. poster created for a previous lesson
  • Ask class members to bring in copies of what they consider to be examples of biased media
  • Have researchers create a timeline marking the most to the least biased sources
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies, one per pupil, of the "Bias Through History" worksheet
  • Uses the E.S.C.A.P.E. strategy practiced in previous lessons in the series
  • Participants need access to devices with internet
Pros
  • The lesson teaches scholars how to recognize biased reporting and to be critical consumers of news 
Cons
  • None