One of the challenges of teaching science and social studies in an increasingly controversial world is that students have long been taught to believe that "nonfiction" means "real" or "true." The result: Students who are less likely to realize that nonfiction text can actually be full of bias and slant that needs to be questioned.
In my classroom, I address that by intentionally sharing heavily slanted articles with students on controversial topics. Then, I ask my students to use this handout to identify specific statements that need to be read with a skeptical eye. The point that I am trying to make is a simple one: When reading current bits about controversial topics, readers must work to spot the inevitable bias included in the text.
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