Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Language Arts Lesson - "Digital Literacy -- What is Bias?"

Language Arts Lesson - "Digital Literacy - What is Bias?"

By Mary Pat Mahoney Just Add Students
Grades 6 - 10

“It was the first thing that came up when I googled it.”
“It’s on the internet, so it must be true.”

Sound familiar? Digital literacy includes teaching students to read and evaluate sources when they are researching. A first step in doing this can be to teach bias. This lesson is a great way to prepare students for a research project. Once they have learned about bias, they are better prepared to locate and evaluate online resources.

This resource provides everything you need to teach students how to identify and analyze bias. You can start these lessons today!

Included in this resource:
*lesson plans
*teaching suggestions
*student notes
*practice identifying bias language
*practice identifying biased writing
*extra practice for students who need more support
*writing lessons that have students apply the elements of bias to their own writing and analyze it
*writing prompt, prewriting graphic organizer
*analysis questions
*writing rubric
*QR Codes and URLs for three online sources for students to analyze
*analysis questions for online sources
*compare/Contrast activity that asks students to analyze two websites that offer opposing points of view
*post-lesson self-assessment
*student checklist
*classroom poster
*exit slips/journal prompts for every lesson
*reproducible journal page
*answers keys 

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