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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 : -Key terms of argument in reading and writing -Definition of "claim", "source", and "evidence
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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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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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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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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. If they answer

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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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No-Prep Close Reading Passages and Questions ~ 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 may be used as b

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Know Your News: Media Literacy Word Wall for the Library or Classroom
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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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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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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SCIENCE Close Reading Passages and Questions
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 evaluation. - Texts may

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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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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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