Lesson 3: Bias

How do journalists balance bias and ethical reporting? The final lesson in a series of five from iCivics examines the different types of bias and how they affect the news we read. Young reporters take to the Internet to find examples of bias between different news agencies and analyze texts to identify bias.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners cite specific examples of bias during the opening discussion to give the class a good sense of what they will be looking for during their research
  • Create a fun project around biased school news reporting to have pupils practice their new analysis skills
Classroom Considerations

  • Schedule computer time in the lab so each person has Internet access
  • Be sure to sign up for an iCivics account—it's free!
Pros

  • Topic makes for great in-class debates
  • The teacher's guide contains printable resources, pacing guidelines, and discussion questions
Cons

  • None
Common Core