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Last Updated: Tuesday August 09 2005 13:44 GMT

Bias

Spurs player Steffen Iversen
English / KS 2&3 / En2 Reading
3f. To distinguish between fact and opinion
5b. To identify words associated with persuasion and argument
9c. To read a range which includes newspapers and articles
(The numbers refer to the KS2 National Curriculum Programme of Study for English)

Overview

Students identify bias in football reports and re-write a story, making it fair and balanced.

Learning aims
  • Learn the meaning of bias
  • Re-write a biased news story in a non-biased way
Ice-breaker

BIASED FOTTBALL REPORTS
Spurs player Steffen Iversen

Read out worksheet 1 to the class.

Ask the class if they think this was written by a fan of Tottenham or Bolton? Answer: A Tottenham fan.

Make the point that news stories should give a fair and balanced report of what has happened. If a particular point of view is favoured then the story is biased.

Read through worksheet 2 with the class.

Ask students: What kind of person has written this? Answer: A Bolton fan.

Main activity

The class rewrite either of the worksheet versions of Tottenham knock out Bolton so that the bias is removed.

Extension activity
LAST-GASP MAN UTD RESCUE DRAW
Ruud Van Nistelrooy celebrates scoring with his Man Utd team-mates

The class add their own bias to a news story selected from the Newsround website.

One suggestion is in the blue fact box.

Plenary

Students compare their versions with this football report from the Newsround website:

For hundreds more news-based stories, click on Teachers on the left-hand side.



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