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The basis of this project comes from an article I found
Are you biased? It's not a trick question. Practically everyone is biased in some way. If you support The Boston Celtics you are probably biased against the Lakers, if you support the Chargers you are probably biased against the Raiders. You can show bias when talking about different bands, books, television programs, politics, even the weather.
So what does it mean? Basically, bias means prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Since history is a subject where people express their opinions it means that we have to be very careful to watch out for bias. Take a look at the document below. (
see bias in education
It is also important to recognize that bias is not found just in secondary sources, primary sources can also be biased. People naturally show their feelings on a subject whenever they put pen to paper. Recognizing bias can be hard but it helps if you ask yourself the following questions:- 1) who wrote the source?- 2) who were they writing for, in other words who was their audience?- 3) why were they writing the source?- 4) when did they write the source?
Since historians now have an exhaustless reservoir of material about most people who lived on earth, they must select content information for their books. Who determines the guidelines of choice and on what basis is selection made? Ultimately, the historian's value systems and philosophy of life will determine text book content. Therefore, in spite of objectivity goals, personal belief colors the content.
Bias is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be very useful as it lets us find out about what people believed or thought about a particular subject. What historians need to do is to try and find evidence from numerous different sources so that they can form a balanced opinion themselves.
UNITED STATES HISTORY SUMMER CHALLENGE
Read the Book:
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
Where can you find the book? (paperback & hardcover)
Many used book stores
Any large book store/chain (Amazon for $12.89 + shipping)
iTunes - this book is available in audio for $17.95 (get the UNABRIDGED version
PDF Copy Here
Lies My Teacher Told Me.pdf
To expose you to Loewen’s argument and to help you think more critically about history and how it is presented.
James Loewen (
surveyed twelve leading high school American History textbooks. Loewen argues that the books represent history with blind patriotism, mindless optimism, misinformation, and outright lies.
1. Read / listen to the book.
2. Create a summary as described below.
3. Be prepared to discuss the book in roundtable discussion throughout the year as we study the appropriate topics. This will mean that you will want to take notes about your thoughts, ideas, feelings while you are reading the book.
Note that it is not necessary for you to agree with the author.
Make sure you save your assignment on
1) Your hard-drive and
2) Flash drive/external device every time you sit down to type.
No excuses accepted that you "lost" your work (see #2-flashdrive) since I have advised you.
Think of a way in which you would like to present your summary. You should demonstrate a clear understanding of the information. You may use more then one of the following response tools:
Photo documentary with voice over?
Short story/personal narrative
Text report (old school!)
Recording Prezi / Keynote / Google Presentation
You might have questions about the book as you are working through it this summer. First, try to help yourself (look up words you don’t know, Google terms or ideas, ask your parents for help, etc.). If you still need help then e-mail me at this address:
With any of the tools listed above please create the following for each chapter
One key image that the book describes or references (be sure to cite your image (
), *note this image may be explicit or implicit in nature. So if the book describes difficult sea crossing for the pilgrims and the creation of The Mayflower Compact you might choose an image similar to the one
Three key points or quotes from the chapter (may be direct or paraphrased, include page numbers)
Three sentences or questions (min) of your personal thoughts about each chapter
Finally, (at the end) please consider the course and include your expectations, concerns and what you look forward to discussing with the class
Please remember to create an appropriate citation for each image you use or find. Remember if you did not create it you must cite it.
ote that it is not necessary for you to agree with the author.
This is a
presentation. If you choose to do your project as a presentation it may look something like this.
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