Part One: Choice
You will choose a book to read, either fiction or non-fiction, that relates to a social justice theme.
Part Two: Awareness
In this segment of our Social Justice project you will conduct research to investigate historical foundations, current events, policy/legislation and data related to the broader social justice issue that your book explores. As you research this information, you will strive to gather information that represents divergent points of view on your topic. Throughout this component we will work together to explore and utilize tools to identify bias in the media and to identify Fake News.
1) Issue Brief This is a short paper that provides an overview of the issue, identifies the stakeholders and their points of view, places the issue in historical context, and clearly defines the extent of the problem. You will use the document "Issue Brief Format" to guide your writing. This document is found under the Document links to the left.
2) Media Analysis Find and analyze three different media sources related to your issue. These can be news articles, websites, videos, web articles etc. Your goal is to find two media sources that are clearly biased and one that is balanced and objective. You will use the "How to Identify Bias in the Media" resource below to complete this analysis. Your analysis should include commentary on each of the types of bias, noting the presence or absence of each, and the effectiveness in creating a particular point of view (or lack of).
An additional resource on "Fake News" is linked below. If you identify a "Fake News" story or website in your research you may choose to compose an analysis using that resource instead of the "How To Identify Bias" handout.