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Fair News or Fake News: Identifying Media Bias

Keegan Warne
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(121)
In this one-time class students will examine mainstream and social media news sources for bias.

Class experience

✓ Students will be able to identify media bias in news articles, television programs, and social media feeds.
✓ Students will know the difference between factual and opinionated reporting.
✓ Students will understand the way social media algorithms affect the news articles we see.
✓ Students can apply strategies for curating their own media consumption.
I am a licensed social studies teacher from the state of Virginia, and have taught this subject in my government/civics classes on many occasions. This class will not be debating the politics of the articles we are viewing, and will remain politically neutral.
Homework Offered
Students will have the opportunity to complete an after-class activity to practice their skills.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
During class there will be many opportunities for discussion, so that students can ask for clarification on anything they find confusing. Additionally, I will provide an optional after-class activity that I will happily review and annotate if students decide to submit it to me.
Grades Offered
1) Pen and paper, or other platform for taking notes.
2) Students will be visiting mainstream news websites for compare/contrast purposes. They should be on a device they feel comfortable accessing those sites while using zoom, or have a secondary device they can use.
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Students will be visiting mainstream news sites, and news related Facebook feeds as part of our examination of media bias. These sites will be viewed live and their content will depend on current events. It's important to note the news outlets and examples in the class will come from media in the United States. However, the concepts, knowledge, and skills we will be practicing can be applied to media from any country.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(121)
My names is Keegan and I am a licensed social studies teacher for the Middle and High School level in the state of Virginia. I have a Bachelors Degree in History with minors in both Religious Studies and Psychology. I have taught classes from... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(36)
Completed by 163 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 11-16
3-12 learners per class

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