Overview

Bias can sneak into any news story, influencing an unsuspecting audience. Bias often seems like the boogeyman of the news industry, but is it really so terrifying? This lesson strips the fear out of bias by showing students how to notice the word choices and framing that show up when bias is present in a news story. Students learn about methods journalists use to produce high-quality objective reporting to see how journalists address bias and present stories from neutral viewpoints.

Web Activity Link: https://www.icivics.org/node/2518289 (To assign, go here.)

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This resource was created with support from the Raab Family Foundation.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and describe common types of bias found in the news
  • Recognize journalists’ tools that combat bias
  • Analyze word choices that reveal bias
  • Analyze a story’s framing for bias
  • Compare how different news outlets have framed the same issue

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