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Hidden Agendas :. Bias and Persuasive Techniques in Articles. Hidden Agendas: Assignment. Work in groups of three to four. Read three articles on a given topic. Analyze the articles as a group on the chart provided.

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hidden agendas

Hidden Agendas:

Bias and Persuasive Techniques in Articles

hidden agendas assignment
Hidden Agendas: Assignment
  • Work in groups of three to four.
  • Read three articles on a given topic.
  • Analyze the articles as a group on the chart provided.
  • Individually, write a paragraph in which you discuss the differences in the information provided in the three articles.
  • Prepare a Works Cited for the three articles that you read.
  • As a group, discuss your information with the class.
hidden agendas necessary information
Hidden Agendas: Necessary Information
  • An article provides information about a topic, a person, or an event.
  • Tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject and the readers or listeners. (ex. – pompous, playful, serious, sarcastic, friendly)
  • The author’s audience is the intended reader or listener. (ex. young adults, parents, voters)
  • The author’s purpose is his/her reason for writing. (ex. to inform, to persuade, to honor, to entertain, to explain)
  • The author’s perspective is the viewpoint or opinion expressed about the subject.
  • Bias occurs when there is a one-sided presentation, by ignoring relevant facts or by using emotional language that unfairly sways reader’s feelings.

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hidden agendas bias in articles
Hidden Agendas: Bias in articles
  • Bias is created in articles with the use of emotionally charged words, also called loaded words.
  • Bias is also created through the use of rhetorical devices:
  • - Pathos: the use of images or words that appeal to
  • the reader’s emotions
  • - Ethos: the use of images or words that appeal to
  • the reader’s sense of morality or ethics.
  • - Pathos: the use of images or words that appeal to
  • the reader’s sense of logic
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Hidden agendas:

Watch this short video to understand ethos, pathos, and logos.

  • The Art of Rhetoric
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Hidden Agendas: Using What you know
  • Using what you now know about persuasive techniques in creating bias in articles, complete your assignment in groups.
  • You will need
  • - two or three partners,
  • - a set of three articles all on the same topic,
  • - a chart for analyzing the articles,
  • - your MLA guide to record the articles your
  • group analyzes in correct format, and
  • - notebook paper for your individual paragraph.