Reading Comprehension Practice - Investigating Gender Bias in Media Coverage of Female Athletes
Did you catch the Super Bowl on Sunday night? What a catch by Zach Ertz of the Eagles! But did you also catch the satirical article by The Nutmeg News all about his wife, World Cup champ, Julie Ertz?
This lesson is inspired by that article. What does it tell us about gender bias in the media? What does the research show? Your students will find out while practicing their reading comprehension on 3 articles, analyzing satire, evaluating sources, and questioning two articles of their own finding about any bias present. Yes, comprehension questions are provided for each of the 3 articles along with answer keys!
Unique details of this lesson?
- Students study bias using a hot topic: sports and the Super Bowl.
- All three articles are packed with information, yet short enough for students to read and analyze during class time or for homework.
- Reading comprehension questions and answer keys are created separately for each article - this means you can use all 3 articles with your students or just 1 or two.
- Great example of satire to use with your students. It's short and to the point!
- Students will be evaluating sources and determining if there is any bias.
This lesson can be completed in one to two class periods, depending on the strength of readers you have. Since the articles are by link only (to abide by copyright law) and the reading comprehension questions are designed separately for each article - differentiation options are plentiful.
This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- Links to the following articles (to abide by copyright law, but permissible for you to access for your classroom under Fair Use.
o Aesthetics, athletics, and the Olympics: Cambridge university press research show gender divides in the language of sport
o Women make history and their husbands get the credit. How infuriating is that?
o Husband of World Champion Julie Ertz Wins Regional Sports Trophy
- Reading comprehension questions for each of the 3 articles (WITH ANSWER KEYS)
- Investigation sheet for students to use as they seek unbiased articles on a female and a male athlete
Skills developed in this lesson
- Determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings
- Evaluating relevancy and sufficiency of the evidence
- Assessing how the point of view or purpose shapes the content & style of a text
- Comparing and analyzing how two or more texts address similar themes or topics
- Recognizing unfairness on the individual level and injustice at the institutional or systemic level
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Off The Beaten Path - Curriculum & Instruction
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