Feelin’ like an e-star? (You are.) Think you can figure out if a website is telling it like it is? (It's not always easy.)
Today you're going to take your skills to the next level by finding out which websites have opinions that they're trying to convince you to agree with. Opinionated websites can be fun, but they're not always good when you're working on a research paper for school.
Step 1: First, let's talk about the difference between a biased and an unbiased website. Here are a few questions to help guide your discussion:
Don't get us wrong. Biased information isn't necessarily bad—sometimes it's useful to know the opinions of people you trust, or fun to read opinionated materials—it's just important to know if the information is biased or not, and to decide for yourself how to use the information.
Step 2: Take a look at your copy of the "Fact or Opinion" handout and view the list of "Biased or Unbiased?" websites below.
You can work individually, in pairs, or in small groups to research each of the websites. As you review the websites, fill in the handout. And remember: whenever possible, you should look in the "About" section of a website. This can be a good place to find out a website's biases.
Step 3: As a class, review your findings and discuss what you've learned.