Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Look for BIAS in what you read!
Bias is when an author favors one view
more than another.
Ask: What idea is the writer leaning toward?
Ways a Reporter Can Influence (Bias) a Story
By running an incomplete story.
By excluding some facts.
By including an incorrect fact.
By including opinions with facts.
By not including enough facts and details.
By using emotional language
Look for BIAS in what you read:
They may present one-sided messages.
Ask: Do they present the opposing view as well?
Evaluating Bias Activity:
1. Open your Epals account
2. Open the mail in the incoming mail box
4. Complete the bias worksheet.
5. Using your comments on the worksheet, write a reply to the author that details the bias you saw in the article.
6. Send your response to the author by replying to their email.
Evaluating Bias Worksheet
What does the author want me to do or think
Does the author present more than one side of the story?
Does the author exclude any facts?
Are the facts correct?
Are their opinions included with the facts?
Does the author use emotional language?
Responding to the Author: Reply to the author’s email using the following guidelines.
1. Use a greeting: Dear _______________
2. Tell them that you read their article and what you thought of their topic.
3. Tell them if you saw any bias and what words or sentences contained bias.
4. Say whether you agree or disagree with their position.
5. Thank the author for sharing their views with you
6. End your email with a friendly closing (your friend,) and your name.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
1. Go online to research a business in Curacao that you'd like to write an advertisement for.
2. Using the Lesson 35 handout, complete the sections for brainstorming, thinking of keywords, searching for a business, choosing a business, and taking notes on the business.
3. When the Lesson 35 handout is completed, use the Lesson 36 handout to write sentence for each of the following propaganda techniques:
a. Testimonial - a quote from an expert
b. Name Calling - an "us versus them" mentality
c. Bandwagon - everyone's doing it/going there - don't be left out!
4. Choose the your favorite of the above three sentences - the testimonial, the name calling, or the bandwagon and post it as a comment to this blog.
Include your name and your partner's name
State the name of the business and what kind of business it is (Ex. Sarah's Lane - a gift shop)
Post your favorite propaganda sentence
5. We'll read and discuss your posts at the end of class.
6. Be sure to remember any strategies you learned so that we can share them!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
In order to give you some background knowledge about the setting of the book, we're going to spend this last class together before the break to do a scavenger hunt.
Mrs. Gibbs will place you into groups or pairs.
You will each have a scavenger hunt handout.
Please put your names on the handout and decide how you want to divide up the task of finding the answers to the 20 questions listed there.
Remember to use your best strategies for searching and locating information, because you're working hard to try to get as many answered as possible before the class ends.
Be sure to find RELIABLE sites - the questions are a little tricky, but you can do this!
your challenge is to create your own propaganda poster and upload
it onto your home drive. At the end of class, we'll put them up on the
screen and see what sorts of propaganda techniques you've learned to
Here are your instructions:
1. Brainstorm with your partner the topic you want for your poster.
Look at the handout for suggestions.
2. Brainstorm with your partner the words you will include on your
poster. You may want to come up with a title, a tagline, and/or instructions
as we discussed in the mini-lesson.
3. Brainstorm with your partner the images you want to include on
your poster. Think about fonts and colors, size and proportion as well!
4. Using PowerPoint or Publisher (you decide) design your poster.
5. Upload your finished poster to your home drive so that we can put
it up on the screen. Be sure your name and your partner's name is in
the file name.
6. Write any strategies you've found to be useful on the back of your
notes sheet. We'll share them later.
We'll be around to help if you need it...
Can't wait to see what you come up with!