An Introduction to Bad Journalism

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Roseann Thebado
Diamond Middle

To introduce students to how easily news stories can become biased, they will read the story, "Walter the Farting Dog" by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray and then write a fictional news account of the events. Working in groups, they will intentionally use the facts and quotes that support the view that Walter is a hero or villain. This is more suited to middle schoolers. Each group will be given a copy of the book to work with after the story is read aloud.

Students will be reminded to use the inverted pyramid to write their articles and a short review is provided.

A discussion of bias in the news will follow.