Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- define media bias
- list and describe the types of media bias
- categorize media
- chart paper
- media samples (students bring from home, but a having a few extra is a good idea)
- media bias
- media criticism
- bias by omission
- bias by selection of sources
- bias by placement
- bias by story selection
- bias by labeling
- bias by spin
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims.
- For homework the night before, ask students to bring in a sample of media text, such as a magazine or newspaper.
- Connect students to learning and activate prior knowledge by asking them to respond to the prompt 'Is the media honest?' in writing. Share and discuss answers.
- Tell students they will be learning different types of media bias. Define vocabulary terms.
- Play our lesson Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples. Allow students to take notes or print transcripts for students to follow and highlight.
- Pause at 1:27 and discuss:
- Why does media bias occur?
- How does media bias occur?
- Allow students to brainstorm examples of media bias to share and discuss.
- Resume the video lesson. If taking notes, instruct students to watch for the six types of media bias and record in notebooks in a 3-column chart fashion, naming the media bias and listing the definition and an example.
- Use the lesson summary to ensure students have the proper definitions and notes.
- Which media bias is associated with politics? Why?
- Why would a news agency use bias by selection of sources?
- Why are some stories located 'front and center' and others not?
- How are stories spun to create bias?
- What motivates different types of media bias?
- Divide students into partner pairings or small groups, or allow them to work as individuals if desired.
- Tell students they will use their media sources from home to find examples of the six types of media bias.
- Students should locate examples of each type, cut it out, highlight or take notes to support their thinking, and display on chart paper with labels.
- Circulate the room as students work to scaffold and support learning.
- When students complete their work, have them present their posters. Discuss and evaluate as a class.
- Display in the classroom.
- As an exit slip ask students to return to their guiding question 'Is the media honest?' and write a brief response, stating whether today's lesson changed or supported their thinking and why.
- Invite members of local media in to discuss aspects of media bias.
- Research the same topic from differing news sources. Examine how each presented the information. Determine if media bias is present and discuss reasons.
- Ask students to reflect on and write methods they can use to overcome media bias.
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