Becoming Entangled with Bias in Texts with Adobe Spark Video

Students create a video about bias in texts
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About This Strategy

This 2-hour strategy helps students to examine how authors convey their biases in text. After reviewing several literary mediums, students explore the author's bias and how it impacts readers’ perceptions and reactions. This strategy can be adapted within a variety of history and literacy courses and students can work individually or in pairs.

 Adobe Spark Video allows students to demonstrate their thinking through visual content. This strategy helps students capture words/phrases that support how biases can surface in visual mediums. This strategy may be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Premiere Rush.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle 

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes

Learn. 

The teacher will share the types of bias with students by reviewing these  vocabulary words. The teacher will share with students how to determine an author's bias or an author's point of view by doing the following: (15 minutes)

  • analyzing  an author's word choice

  • analyzing an author's tone

  • separating the point-of-view of author from facts of the story

Evaluate. 

Students will be introduced to several excerpts of informational text to identify the author's  bias  by looking for word choice, phrases, images, and connotative meanings of words. Students will end by engaging in a discussion to share the bias they found in the texts they read. (45 minutes)

Create.

Students will choose one text and use Adobe Spark Video to share the bias within it  by using words, images and phrases. Students can use these steps to guide them, examine this sample here, and watch or read these tutorials. (60 minutes)

Share. 

Students will share their video as directed by the instructor.

Steps for Students

You will respond to an excerpt that unveils the bias of an author. The goal of this strategy is to look at word choice, connotations, and imagery to determine its impact on readers’ reactions and perceptions. You will create a video that illustrates the bias in a text toward a particular topic using Adobe Spark Video.

Adobe Spark Video is fun and easy! It is a tool that aids in communicating information in a fun and engaging way.

Steps:

1. You will learn about bias and ways it looks in literature.  Your teacher will define the types of bias by introducing you to new  vocabulary words. Your teacher will also show you how to determine an author's bias in a text by analyzing the author's word choice, tone, and point of view. With a partner, you will discuss the words and ways that impact the point of view of an article. (15 minutes)

2. With support from your teacher, select an excerpt and focus your attention on what evidence is used to express the biases of the author. Read a text and compile a list of biases by looking for word choice, phrases, images, and connotative meanings of words. (45 minutes)

Questions that can help you uncover the bias in a text include:

  • What facts has the author omitted?

  • What additional information is necessary?

  • What words create positive or negative impressions?

  • What impression would I have if different words had been used?

With a partner, discuss your responses and begin to analyze the relationship bias has across multiple mediums of literature. 

3. Using Adobe Spark Video, capture the bias and reveal what evidence supports the opinions of the author. Create your video. (60 minutes)

 Your video should include:

  • A clear perspective that is either in favor or against a topic

  • Images that support the topic

  • 1 sentence response to the topic

Check out this student sample for inspiration. 

For additional support using Adobe Spark Video, follow these steps

4. Share your video as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' videos.