Understanding Language: Slant, Spin, and Bias in the News

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We live in a time of fake news, alternative realities, and media bias. What could be more timely than an activity that asks class members to research how different sources report the same topic in the news?

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have researchers create a bullseye graphic, record the known facts about the topic in the center, and use the rings to post articles that become more and more slanted the further they get from factual statements in the center
  • As a teacher resource, check out All the President's Spin, which documents tactics politicians have used to manipulate media
Classroom Considerations

  • While the materials are dated prior to the 2016 election, the concepts are timely
  • Most effective if class members have previously studied persuasion techniques
Pros

  • The four-page resource includes a step-by-step plan and a worksheet
Cons

  • No rubric for the project is included