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!