• First, open a new freewrite link on your student page, then turn off your monitor.
  • Let's watch a short clip from NBC's Rock Center Nov. 1, looking specifically at the prevention perspectives presented in it.
  • After, you'll write your freewrite, first by defining the meaning of perspectives, based on what you just saw.
    • What were the differences between the commentary on flood prevention?
    • In what ways might these perspectives seem similar?
    • Who, specifically, is best represented by these different perspectives?
  • We'll discuss once you've written for a few minutes!

Bias and Multiple Perspectives

  • What do we mean by bias?
  • Where do we find bias?
    • news
    • music
    • movies
    • art
    • websites
    • everywhere!!!
  • So how does this relate to the articles you've found?
    • Bias is not always negative, although it often carries that connotation.
    • Bias can be persuasive; identifying it in your research can help you determine which arguments stand on their own and which require more embellishment.
    • Thinking about bias in terms of what the author has to gain (or lose) by writing about something in a particular way is a good way to begin to understand the bias that they are writing with.
    • Remember that we each carry our own biases and that you should take them into consideration when examining bias, in order to remain objective about your research!

Comparing Sources

  • Examine the bias in your current sources. If you have them available, you will want to use the three kinds of sources that apply to your Perspectives Essay.
    • Start by identifying the author:
    • Use the same criteria that you used to examine your reversal author in portfolio 1:
      • Work Experience
      • Language/Dialect/Jargon used
      • Discourse Communities
    • Write for the next ten-fifteen minutes about how these sources represent your topic
  • Ok, let's move on to your popular source.
    • Does your source utilize images? Are there advertisements? If your source is available online, does that affect these elements? Here's an example we can analyze first.
    • Other kinds of "linked" information might include these kinds of things. Alternatively, the layout of the page might serve similar purposes.
    • On your freewrite link, write about the imagery or layout of your popular article.
      • Does it add to the material in the text? Does it distract?
      • What rhetorical choices did the author/editor make?


  • Be sure to have read Freddy Dougy through Chapter 9!
  • Continue to work on your research!