Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Lesson 37 April 8, 2008

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

3. Read the email and look for bias using the worksheet.

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.

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