Lesson Plan

The Challenge of Confirmation Bias

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Confirmation bias makes it difficult to overcome our preconceived notions of others. That's the big idea in a lesson that teaches learners strategies to recognize and question their biases.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Review the S-I-T (Surprising, Interesting, Troubling) discussion strategy before watching the video
  • Have groups investigate what has been down to counteract fake news since the publication of Dewey's article in 2015
Classroom Considerations
  • Fourth of 15 resources from the Standing Up for Democracy unit
  • Lessons are cumulative and designed to be taught in order
  • Presumes a protocol has been established to permit safe, respectful discussions
  • Requires a free account to access the PowerPoint
  • requires copies of Dewey's article
  • Includes a link to a mid-unit assessment
  • Also included is a link to an article with additional information for instructors for teaching about bias
  • The lesson is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded
  • None