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In this handout students are given the tools needed to determine the difference between opinion, bias, fact, and fake news. The first page of the handout gives a brief overview of what each of these terms mean and a flow chart to help students identify if an article is biased or factual. Following this, students are asked to read two different articles about cell phone use and identify tone, stance, and whether each article is biased or factual. On the last page of the handout, students are given the opportunity to write their own biased piece of news and then rewrite this same article from an unbiased stance.
This handout is excellent as a review or introductory lesson on identifying bias in writing, and can be used in one 60 minute lesson or stretched out over a number of lessons.