What better way to teach bias than to have students become biased themselves? Although this article is heavily biased and fake, it is strikingly believable and created by myself. The article is about a group of protesting students called Defy. After reading the article, your students will become negatively biased towards this group of protesters. Then, inform students that the article is 100% made up and everything they just read is untrue! This will not only reveal their own bias, but, as the lesson unfolds, it will also lead to an awareness of their bias. Students will also understand that the writer, whether fake or real, inserted his opinion into the writing and shaped their opinion for them - which, unfortunately, can be found in some of today's news media.
This is an excellent article for analyzing biased words and/or phrases, media bias, or word choice within an informational text. The content of this article is based off bias towards the 1940's zoot suiters, which was heavily found within Los Angeles newspapers during that time period. In fact, also included within this purchase are two different copies of these Los Angeles Newspapers articles. An advanced activity could be to compare and contrast the biased words and phrases found within all of the articles.
Included is the fake news article, 1943 Los Angeles Newspaper clippings, and a lesson plan.