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Media Bias Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching students the nuances of media bias can be tricky. Use this Study.com video lesson to look at types of media bias with examples, then have students apply information with an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define media bias
  • list and describe the types of media bias
  • categorize media

Length:

1 hour

Materials

  • chart paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers
  • media samples (students bring from home, but a having a few extra is a good idea)

Key Vocabulary

  • media
  • bias
  • 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

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.8

Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims.

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Ask:
    • 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?

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