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)
Students identify bias in football reports and re-write a story, making it fair and balanced.
- Learn the meaning of bias
- Re-write a biased news story in a non-biased way
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.
The class rewrite either of the worksheet versions of Tottenham knock out Bolton so that the bias is removed.
The class add their own bias to a news story selected from the Newsround website.
One suggestion is in the blue fact box.
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.