Bias

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
 HW:
NONE
Complete
Shark Cornell Notes from
Red Lit. book, pages 874-880
Set completed notes on corner of
your desk
Read Quietly
Cornell Notes
Topic: Loaded Language
Fact vs. Opinion:
Fact: A statement that can be proved by personal
observation, eyewitnesses, reliable source (internet,
book), experiment, or expert
Opinion: statement that cannot be proved because it’s
states a person’s beliefs, feelings, or thoughts.
 Opinion Signal words:
 I think
 Many people believe
 usually
 seem(s)
 probably
Fact or opinion
1. Jaws is about a great white shark that
killed several people in a beach
community.
~ fact
2. The book stayed on the bestseller list for
40 weeks.
~ fact
3. The book is better than the movie.
~ opinion
Bias
Opinion can be in informational articles.
Authors are affected by their experiences
and beliefs.
This creates bias for or against a topic.
Bias: a positive or negative feeling toward a
topic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW7Q7
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http://oceanencounters.net/journal/
Bias in Writing
 Loaded
Language: words that suggest a
strong bias.
 Words that signal how the author feels
about the topic.
 Page 881 in Red Lit. book
 Copy T-chart in #7 in middle of page onto
back-top half of Cornell Note Sheet
Opinion 1: Sharks Are
Very Dangerous
A dusky shark’s bite is like
being crushed by the
weight of ten cars
Opinion 2: Sharks Are
Mostly Harmless
Bias in Writing
Opinion 1: Sharks Are
Very Dangerous
Opinion 2: Sharks Are
Mostly Harmless

A dusky shark’s bite is like
being crushed by the weight
of ten cars

Nurse shark is a sluggish
bottom feeder/ usually not
dangerous

Meat-eaters/ gobble their
prey whole/rip it into sharksize bites

Out of 375 shark species,
only 24 are dangerous

Fewer than 100 shark attacks
each year

Whale shark is very docile
(calm)/eats tiny plankton

Swarm of sharks/ biting
anything that lies in its path

Vicious shark attack

Ferocious predators/ top
predators
Bias in Writing
 Loaded
Language: words that suggest a
strong bias.
 Words that signal how the author feels
about the topic.
 Page 885 in Red Lit. book
 Copy T-chart in middle of page onto
back-bottom half of Cornell Note Sheet
Loaded Language
Possible Author’s Bias
“most wonderful of
natural-born killers
Benchley is impressed by
shark’s survival instincts
Peter Benchley, JAWS
 Read
Great White Sharks on pages 887-
891
 Record examples of Loaded Language
and possible author’s bias
Cornell Notes
 Define
the words in bold print on page
885 in sections “Elements of Nonfiction”
and Reading Skill”
 Read “Great White Sharks”, pages 887891
 Answer page 892,#1-5 in complete
sentences
 Turn your answers into class drawer
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