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Summarizing Author Bias
This is a flipchart/mini-lesson on author bias. The flipchart contains checking for understanding questions that can be used with Activ-Expression devices after concepts have been given, a link to a two passages from a 1916 Toronto newspaper with reading comprehension questions. This flipchart goes
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Subjective, Objective & Author's Bias Quiz
This formative assessment is a great way to determine if your students understand how to define subjective text, objective text, and author's bias, in addition to analyzing a subjective article and identifying the authors bias within it. Finally, students will complete a mini-inquiry in which they
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Nonfiction Notes Pack: Claims & Evidence, Source Credibility, Author's Bias
3 sets of notes covering Claims and Evidence, Source Credibility, and Author's Bias. Each notes set includes a cloze copy for students and a completed copy for teachers. Claims and Evidence notes cover the key terms of argument in reading and writing. Source credibility notes cover the difference b
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Author Bias PowerPoint
PowerPoint presentation explaining author bias and how to identify it. Targeted to 6th Grade students.
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Argument & Author's Bias Notes
This page of notes introduces students to the elements of a nonfiction argument and provides an overview of several types of author's biases. This product offers a cloze copy to for students to complete during note-taking, as well as a completed copy for struggling students or for teacher use as an
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Author's Bias: What's In Your Food
Test for bias with your students in a fun and gross way. Students will love analyzing articles with the author's bias criteria using real-world articles. The criteria can be used for any articles, websites, books, etc. Make learning fun!
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Teaching Research Skills: Ready, Set, Research Activities and Organizers Bundle
Research 101 resources include the following resources now being sold individually - Digital Texts: Treasure or Trash, Ready, Set, Research! 30 slide powerpoint, and 20 Research Task Cards with Student Response Sheet. Save $4.00 by buying this research bundle pack! This teaching packet provides t
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Banish the Bias: Who is to Blame for the Titanic Disaster? PRINT AND GO!
This unit allows students to examine 5 different people who all played a part in the massive loss of life when the Titanic struck an iceberg. In this unit, students will learn about bias, loaded words, author's purpose, primary and secondary sources, and point of view. They will "banish the bias"
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"Gettysburg Address" Text with Scaffolded Annotations
Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This Constructing Meaning-style text of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is two pages, double-spaced, with line numbers. In the right margin, students are asked to work with vocabulary and co
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Media Literacy - Super Bowl Ad Analysis - Persuasive Techniques
This is a great activity to use when teaching persuasive techniques in advertising. Students view the top ten Super Bowl ads from this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtnxHjxK1jg (note link is not in download, just here) and analyze techniques with a compare/contrast approach. This can also
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No-Prep Close Reading Passages ~ Nonfiction
20 *Nonfiction* (Informational) Close Reading Passages and Worksheets - Diverse range of high-interest extracts from authentic texts - Designed for close reading - Each excerpt stands alone as a close reading text suitable for scrutiny, critique, reflection, and evaluation. - Texts
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Rhetorical Analysis KABOOM! A Critical Thinking Game for ANY TEXT
Empower your students to think critically about ANY TEXT with this highly engaging rhetorical analysis game! Students will beg to play KABOOM as a review, discussion, or oral rehearsal for upcoming assessment. To play KABOOM, students draw rhetorical analysis questions from a cup
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In Cold Blood Quotation Test
To test students' understand of Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood, students must discuss five of the ten quotations provided on this exam (editable Word document, change to ten of ten if necessary). Students must identify who said the quotation (4 points), in what context (brief summary of what ha
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Persuasion: Critics with a Bias Team Activity
Help your students apply what they know about author bias with the Persuasion: Critics with a Bias Team Activity. Students will work in teams to write a review of two self-selected products that will include an obvious bias. Page 1 includes the directions that can be printed onto a transparency or
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Magazine Article Assignment
This is a great tool to teach students about author's bias and text features, as well as the focus and organization of essay writing. I chose to incorporate science-related topics for cross-curricular learning, but teachers can also assign topics related to the novels they are reading in class. Wh
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6301-11 Reading Primary Sources
In this COMPLETE lesson from InspirEd Educators, students will practice reading a primary source from the Civil Rights Era using document based questions. DBQ's from this lesson can be used for ANY primary source, and lead students to the important questions to ask about author bias, reliability of
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Main Idea Strategy Handout:   See Both the Forest and the Trees!
This handout is a quick reference sheet for students to help answer questions from the Reading Applications benchmarks based on the FCAT Test Specifications, but can be used to help students on any standardized test! The handout includes information on... Relevant Details Main Idea Text Patterns
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The Massey Writing Bundle
My Massey Writing Bundle comes jammed packed with my editable files (individually sold for $15.95): Word documents: Completely editable! 1. Authors Craft Notes Test and Test Key 2. Cookie Cutter Sentence Recipes 3. ELA Tier 3 Vocabulary for your word wall. 4. Detailed ELA Lesson Plan Template to
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Fact Opinion Graphic Organizer
This graphic organizer guides students to classify and categorize: fact, opinion, assumption, and author bias from a non-fiction article. Students provide a direct quote from the article as an example of each type of information, and then answer supporting questions. If the students cannot answer
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Compare/contrast In Cold Blood and Columbine Shooting
The relationships of Dick & Perry and Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold are eerily similar. While using In Cold Blood as our foundational text, students jigsaw the articles mentioned in the product. I assign five students to read the same article, they complete the included handout individually, a
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The Devil and Tom Walker and Narrative Writing
This lesson takes students through short story analysis and creation. Students read and analyze "The Devil and Tom Walker" and a modern version of the Faustus tale in an episode of Futurama (which students love!) and then create their own short story and publish it in a "storybook" format. The lesso
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Everything You Need to Know About Point of View
The CCSS exams LOVE to give questions on point of view. And point of view can be tricky. The term can be used in a number of different means. It can be used to mean "first person point of view" or "third person point of view". It can be used to refer to an author's bias toward a subject they are
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Evaluating Sources Exit Ticket
Get your students to think about a source's credibility and the author's bias while reading non-fiction texts and researching. This sheet can be used as an exit ticket or as a way to hold students accountable for each of their sources within a research paper or project. It also asks students to fin
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Primary Source Analysis Worksheet
This form is able to be used with ANY primary source. It leads students through a series of questions to help them analyze the source. It also emphasizes understanding other time periods in history and identifying author bias.
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Science News Report
This activity is a current event worksheet that also includes a section in which the students analyze the article to determine if it is a valid news source. They look at the author, the website it comes from, if it is objective, etc. The students will then discuss the who, what, when, where, why o
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Labor Unions and Industrialization (1800's) - political cartoons
Small collection of 5 political cartoons that speak to labor issues during the 1800's industrialization. I've never seen two of them on the web anywhere (I scanned them from old books). The cartoon from Pinkerton's book in particular speaks to the idea of author bias.
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Weekly Current Events Assignment
Perfect for any civics or upper level social studies class, this weekly current events assignment requires students to keep on top of the news. Get students thinking critically about world and local news. Challenge them to apply the constitution to daily events. Teach them to develop critical analys
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Informational Text summary project: informational "scrapbook" pages
I used this handout in a fifth grade classroom in response to reading an informational text. The tool is designed to allow students to assemble what they learned in a fun, aesthetically pleasing way! The students created a written summary, pictorial summary, relevant vocabulary terms, and an importa
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Know Your News: Media Literacy Word Wall
There’s a word for that! Now more than ever, helping our students develop and build information and media literacy skills will give them the tools needed to succeed in our world of information overload. The Know Your News Word Wall contains 40 8½” X 5” cards featuring media literacy vocabulary wi
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PARCC/CC Aligned Biography Writing Packet
This packet is for students in grades six through eight. It gives students background information on writing biographies (in narrative form). This packet is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes the standards for grades seven and eight, an essay assignment, a list of essential qu
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Fiction and Nonfiction Comprehension General Questions
Quick questions for any fiction or nonfiction reading! Page 1: Fiction Comprehension Questions Includes sections for summary, conflict, antagonist, protagonist, point of view, author's purpose, main idea, and theme. Page 2: Nonfiction Comprehension Questions Includes sections for summary, text s
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SCIENCE Close Reading Passages
20 *SCIENCE* Close Reading Passages and Worksheets - Diverse range of high-interest extracts from authentic texts including fiction (short story) - Designed for close reading - Each excerpt stands alone as a close reading text suitable for scrutiny, critique, reflection, and evalua
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Reading and Writing Newsreels for Secondary Students
This detailed unit plan may be used for several content areas such as: Reading, ELA, Social Studies, History, ROTC, Science, and Math. It provides a five-lesson unit with discussion and details. keywords: literacy, lesson plans, current events, current events, nonfiction text, relevance, backgroun
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Lord of the Flies Chapter 1 Diction and Device Analysis
Students will analyze an excerpt from chapter one in order to initiate an understanding of his particular writing techniques. The writing passage below will analyzed for diction mapping, inferential data, and literary devices. This initial understanding will help students later delve into a more in-
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The Massey ELA Super Bundle (Reading, Poetry, Research & Writing)
The Massey ELA Super Bundle for $25.00: This bundle includes all of my hottest selling Teachers Pay Teachers ELA products. Feedback provided asked me to give my products in a number of bundles or a super bundle. This is the largest bundle I have put together to date. Individually these bundles se
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How Do I Interpret Author's Bias/Word Choice?
How Do I Interpret Author's Bias/Word Choice? How Do I Interpret Author's Bias/Word Choice? #1 Visualize the story, poem (prose or piece) that you just read. #2 On the left side of the T-Chart, identify which words from the toolbox that are used by the author. #3 On right side of the T-Chart, u
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"Nolan Ryan" by William W. Lance PowerPoint
"Nolan Ryan" by William W. Lance PowerPoint Presentation Discusses the elements of a biography, author's bias, fact and opinion, loaded words, stereotypes, one sided arguments, generalizations, and vocabulary words.
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Guided Notes for 'Biases' Prezi
Prezi: https://prezi.com/abfqdttotdda/identifying-an-authors-bias/ I made these guided notes for my ELA 7 class.
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Bias Buster!  Author's Purpose and Bias in Informational Text
Identifying author’s purpose and analyzing text types for bias are reinforced throughout Common Core’s Reading Informational Text Standards. Not only can these resources be used to introduce or review these topics, they will reinforce student learning through application. This purchase will provide
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Identifying Bias: Article Comparison Group Activity
In this activity students read three sample articles that have been written from different perspectives surrounding the construction of a new community landfill (perspective of editorial writer, company, and city council). They fill out an interpretation sheet for each one and see how each author pr
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Purpose, Viewpoint, Opinion, Bias Nonfiction Close Reading
The new Common Core State Standards place a greater emphasis on critical thinking and implementing nonfiction into the English Language Arts curriculum. Understanding the basics of an author's use of internal text structures, loaded words/language, and facts vs. opinions; is essential for analyzing
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Author's Purpose Passages and Questions
These 5 full-length passages include five questions about the author’s purpose, perspective, and/or bias. Practicing with these question stems will definitely help improve your student's reading comprehension. Instructions: Print. Glue onto card stock. Laminate. Use in partners, small groups, or wh
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Author's Perspective, Viewpoint: Complete Teaching Pack, Lesson, Task Cards
What's real and not real in the news and media today? How do we determine what's truth or not? Having an understanding of author's perspective, narrator voice, and bias can lead students to uncover more meaning and depth in what they read. In this teaching pack for author's perspective/viewpoint w
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Mexican American War Bias: Students evaluate textbook excerpts to uncover bias!
Mexican American War Bias: Students evaluate textbook excerpts to uncover bias! Google 1:1 Compatible! This lesson is part of two bundles to save you big! Westward Expansion and Manife
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Close Reading for Author's Craft and Structure: Do we avoid or seek out fear?
This interactive lesson guides students through a close, analytical reading for author's craft. Based on the Common Core Craft and Structure Standards (5-7) and the FCAT Author's Purpose, Perspective, and Bias benchmarks. This lesson includes... -A high interest pre-reading discussion prompt -L
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3.RL.6 Point of View Of Author
Point of view is not just 1st and 3rd anymore! With these GREAT short opinion pieces, students can identify the bias of the author, or their stance on a topic. Students will identify the author's point of view, and then decide if they agree with them or not! There are 30 different passages! Can
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Bias in Writing
This activity has students read excerpts from two letters: Frederick Douglass to his former slave owner "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. The activity has students read the letters, analyze the author's word choice (denotation and connotation), and analyze how the author's
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Author's Argument and Bias
This worksheet helps students identify the argument and bias in an author's writing. Useful with persuasive text or editorials.
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Recognizing Point of View and Bias
This is a lesson that I have taught with different ages about recognizing an author's point of view and bias. There are 6 sources included (all about sharks/ shark finning) for students to read and evaluate. There are a ranger of perspectives from "sharks are monsters" and "killing machines" to "sh
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Author's Purpose, Bias, and Language in The Devil in the White City
This is a lesson designed around author's purpose and bias in The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Students will learn how to identify and use objective and subjective language while finding and analyzing quotations from the book. This document includes an activator, lesson materials includin
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Identifying Author's Purpose and Bias Using the coverage of Cecil the Lion
This NO-PREP lesson plan has it all! Students learn about author's purpose and bias and then evaluate many sources covering the killing of Cecil the lion in 2015. Students ask themselves how biased each source is and then create an unbiased newspaper article for a final assessment. Includes: Power
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Comparing author's point of view: two treatments of Benedict Arnold
This is a cross-curricular lesson intended to teach English/Language Arts students about author's POV in informational text, while also giving them background knowledge on a key figure of the American Revolution: Benedict Arnold. In this lesson, students read two articles with conflicting points of
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