The Lowdown: How Good are You at Detecting Bias?

Get the lowdown on five different types of biases (confirmation, anchoring, blind-spot, negativity, outcome) with a activity that not only provides examples but also offers suggestions for how to detect and combat each type.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign individuals a controversial issue to research, requiring them to supply facts that support both sides of the debate
  • Have groups research a story that has been branded as fake news to determine the facts behind the story
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview the video to determine if appropriate for your classroom
  • Presumes a protocol is in place to assure a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
  • The richly detailed plan includes links to related articles and activities
  • An interactive quiz permits learners to test their understanding of each type of bias
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