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TYPES OF BIASED WRITING. Using the sheet I have provided you with, fill in the blanks from the presentation (your wrists don’t need to be sprained in the first week of school.....that would be cruel...). Bias.

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types of biased writing


Using the sheet I have provided you with, fill in the blanks from the presentation (your wrists don’t need to be sprained in the first week of school.....that would be cruel...)


Bias is a type of writing FOR (positive) or AGAINST (negative) a particular event, group, idea, concept, plan, or person. There are SEVEN ways that an author can reveal their bias.

language and evidence
Language and Evidence
  • Using words, images, and/or information that only show the positive or negative side of the argument or discussion
  • This distorts reality, ignores differing points of view, and thus leaves the reader with the assumption that there was only one perspective
exaggeration or highly emotional statements
Exaggeration or Highly Emotional Statements
  • Using language that appeals to strong emotions, and not logic
  • Tone words (moods, feelings) that demonstrate approval or disapproval are often used in this type of writing
name calling
  • Using belittling, degrading, or negative names to indicate disapproval (i.e. evil, lousy, liar, failure)
linguistic bias
Linguistic Bias
  • Using discriminatory language

EXAMPLE: First Nations people described as “ROAMING,” “WANDERING,” or “ROVING” across the land. This type of language implicitly justifies the seizure of Native lands by “MORE GOAL-DIRECTED” white Europeans who “TRAVELED” OR “SETTLED” their way west.

EXAMPLE: Such words as FOREFATHERS, MANKIND, AND BUSINESSMAN serve to deny the contributions (or even the existence) of females.

EXAMPLE: Immigrant peoples are referred to as “SWARMS” or “HOARDS.” These terms serve to dehumanize and reduce the diversity and intra-group differences.

stereotyping and over generalizing
Stereotyping and Over-Generalizing
  • Using statements that indicate that ALL members of one group are the same as ONE of its members
  • Takes the actions and behaviours of an individual and applies them to the entire group
opinions stated as facts
Opinions Stated as Facts
  • Using arguments that assume an important point is truth
  • Proof or information needed to support an argument or position are neglected and left out
  • Ignoring the existence of prejudice, racism, discrimination, exploitation, oppression, sexism, and intergroup conflict
  • EXAMPLE: the internment of Japanese Canadians; the Canadian immigration policy towards Jews escaping Hitler’s reach; etc.
  • When controversial topics are glossed over, this unrealistic coverage denies people the information they need to recognize and understand the problems that plague society
    • this can also hinder the ability of people to perhaps conquer (solve) these same problems
  • Done.....Wrists are Thankfully Unharmed..........well until you begin the next note........