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SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum

Learn our Methodology and Build a Media Bias Chart!

Information, media, and news literacy are vital skills for today’s learners. 

Our Media Bias Chart has been a part of providing thousands of educators with the tools students need to recognize reliable sources and source-level bias. 

Now our SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum provides a fun and engaging way for educators to teach students the methodology our own media analysts use to build the Media Bias Chart. 

Through a 10-lesson course, and Content Analysis Rating Tool (CART), students learn the methodology to master news literacy, analyze media, achieve academic success, and critique media pieces. 


Students Learn:

To read “laterally,” which is the most effective way for readers to determine source credibility, rather than merely reading “vertically” within an article.
To become familiar with – and quickly decode – common rhetorical, partisan, and “click-bait” devices employed to influence and persuade readers and consumers.
To become responsible news consumers who can confidently determine the reliability and bias of information they encounter through multiple media platforms.
To become quickly familiar with contemporary left-, center-, and right-leaning positions on political issues.
To practice skills in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and in comparing and contrasting.
To create their own Media Bias Charts – individually or collectively – applying what they learn.
To rate current news sources and content according to a proven methodology.

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Interactive Media Bias Chart® Educator Pro

This Interactive Media Bias Chart® is a data visualization that displays measures of news (and “news-like”) articles and sources generated by analysts and staff of Ad Fontes Media. It reflects our most up-to-date ratings of all our rated articles and shows over time.

All features of our well-known Interactive Media Bias Chart, plus…

  • Access to our complete and constantly growing data set
  • Downloadable “include” and “exclude” source lists based on parameters you set
  • Use your include and exclude lists to set acceptability standards for students’ citations
  • Use bias ratings to request comparative research from students
  • Unlimited searches, filters, and downloadable charts and lists
  • Continuously updated with data from professional media analysts

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