Identifying Media Bias in News Sources for Middle School

UNIT OPENER:

  • Have students play the Factitious Game by Farley, M. et.al.

    • Help students understand that fake news and bias does exist in the media and isn’t just a buzzword. While the game shows extremes between real and fake news, it helps to show students that it does exist. Even well known sources like CNN, FOX, and MSNBC can have bias or misleading information. Learning to look for the telltale signs of bias is an invaluable skill in this media age. 

  • As a class watch the Media Literacy video by BrainPop

    • Optional Activity: have students take notes during the video on different things to look for when reading to determine bias in media. 

    • Have a class discussion on current media literacy habits.