Understanding Bias

Understanding and Identifying Bias PowerPoint Notes and Activity ...

  • Why were the responses so different?
  • Do you think the passersby were racist? Did they hold stereotypes? Implicit biases?
  • What would you have done?



Stereotypes operate in a similar way in forming implicit biases. Stereotypes can operate as primers and prevent us from accurately perceiving situations and people.

What does it mean that our perception can be so easily fooled? In the scenarios above, what were the doctor, teacher, employer and woman on the elevator primed to see? How about the passersby at the park? In each case, what might they fail to see or understand as a result of their implicit biases?


Our brains constantly discard and invent information to build a reality that feels right to us, based on experience and context. These neural tricks are necessary – without them, we’d be incapacitated by all the information coming at us all the time. In most situations, these shortcuts do their job well but they’re not perfect. When it comes to racial understanding in America, our unconscious biases are filtering our impressions and limiting our ability to fully engage.

Last week of school!

Hello everyone,
It is our last week of school!  Here is a fun activity to do this week if you are at home.  Please get in any remaining work if you are behind.  Remember to do the summer reading (I already emailed you and your parents about it).  Please enjoy your summer and stay safe!  I can’t wait to see you all next year.

June 29th, 2020



Good News/Bad News


Sideways Stories

Chapter 26

What does it mean to be a good athlete but a bad sport?



How did Terrence ruin everyone’s games?



What did Louis give him?


Chapter 27

What did Joy forget at home?


What did Joy do to Dameon’s lunch?


How did Dameon’s lunch and Joy’s lunch compare?


What horrible thing happened to Joy at the end of the chapter?



Chapter 28

Why was Nancy so quiet and shy?


What was Nancy’s friends name?


What did Mac and Nancy do to switch names?


How did it change them?


What happened to Mrs. Jewls class?


Would you ever change your name? What would you change it to? (2 sentences)

Timed Essay Practice: June 26th

Choose ONE question below and write an essay response.

1. Regardless of whether a mother is present or absent in his child’s life, she has an impact and influence. Discuss how the influence of mothers is depicted in two of the OIB works you have studied.

2. Discuss how two writers on your OIB program use climactic moments to emphasize key ideas in their works.

3. Discuss the use of cycles and repetitions in two of the works you have studied on your OIB syallbus.

You will begin at 15H and you must send your essay back to me between 17h – 17h30 to my ENT email.

It is preferable that you type your essay in a google document (it is easier to give you comments–make sure to give me the right to modify your document and not just view it). You may also take photos of your handwritten essay.

In the title of your document + the subject of your email, write your name and label it clearly – ex : Charles EARDLEY OIB Comparative Essay May 15.


To prepare mentally, please review the essay rubric below (and, you could have a look at the comments I gave you on your last written comparative essay and the samples of other student writing given to you/uploaded to the blog):

You must compare/contrast two “works” studied so far. Possibilities of “works” are: The Handmaid’s Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, Frost’s poems, Intimate Apparel, Stranger in the Village, Sweet Bird of Youth (wow, we’ve read quite a lot this year, you should be proud!).

Tip: Don’t forget to include “style” (devices, discussion of language) in your analysis for full credit.

Thesis: Make a specific thesis with a defined angle to the vague question. Remember, an anglophone thesis is the “conclusion,” not a question. You then will be like a lawyer who uses evidence to prove your already very specific conclusion.

Organization: There are no real rules but your organization has to be clear, persuasive, and easy to follow. You can write a thesis that includes both works and organize paragraphs that mix the two works together, or, write a two-sentence thesis and transition halfway through your essay to the second work. Comment on elements of style as you go along and highlight how they enhance your argument. Use your paragraphs to organize your points (start each paragraph with a mini-thesis to keep us oriented).

Focus on what the authors are doing, and be careful not to talk too much about the characters like they are real people, but more instruments that the authors use to create effects.

Notes: For now, you may use them, but keep in mind that the real exam will be without notes. To use them efficiently and not waste too much time “looking for answers”, get your notes/books organized before you begin.


Friday, June 26th, 2020


Good News/Bad News


Sideways Stories

Chapter 23

Who was Allison’s best friend?


How did Allison keep the boys from teasing her?


What did Allison do that was nice to help out others?

Miss Mush-




The librarian-


Mrs. Jewls-


What “secret” did Allison learn that day?


Do you agree or disagree with Allison’s secret? Why?


Chapter 24




What did Mrs. Jewls want Dameon to do?



Why was Dameon upset when he got back to class?



Where was his pencil?



Chapter 25

What seemed unusual when Jenny got to school that day?


Why was Jenny frightened?


As she left what did the bald man tell her?


What would you do if you showed up to school and no one was here?



Sideways Stories Questions Chapter 7-9

Hello! I am so sorry I am late posting the questions. You can take the time you need to complete the questions (it’s okay if you send them to me next week).

Chapter 7


Besides being built 30 stories tall instead of long, what else was strange about their school?






Who teaches the class on the 19th story?



Chapter 8


What was Myron selected as?




How did Myron feel about his job?



How long did it take Stephen to figure out how to work the light switches?

Chapter 9


What do we learn about Maurecia at the beginning of the chapter?




List all the ice cream flavors that Maurecia got sick of.



How many different flavors had Mrs. Jewls brought in by the end of the month?




What was everyone’s favorite flavor?



What’s your favorite flavor ice cream and why?


Week of June 22

Hello everyone,
For this week, please email me the Teacher Evaluation below and the end of year reflection activity.  You can do them both on google docs if you do not want to print and fill out the documents.  Please email me this work by Friday, June 26.
I am also attaching the summer reading for you all so that you have the full summer to do your reading, no excuses!  You need to read the book Holes and another one on the list.  You have questions to do on the book and there will be a test in September.  3ieme International Summer Assignments
You can find the summer reading for all grades here: https://www.saint-denis.net/vie-scolaire/espace-de-telechargement
Please let me know if you have any questions. kgrandison@ent-saint-denis.net.