Lesson: Evaluating Science in the News

Topic: How does Enchroma affect people with color blind?

Find the scientific study that your news report discusses in the journal that it was published in. This can help you evaluate more carefully whether the reporter missed or misinterpreted any critical details.

The Big Question table to help you evaluate the news report that you have chosen. Instead of simply checking the boxes indicated, you will write a short essay format assignment for each question. You will go through each numbered question from Question 1-11 ( Uploaded on the file ) and indicate which answer applies to your news report (preferred or raises a red flag) and elaborate some more to answer “Why?” for each. Your answers should be numbered the same as the table, start with “Preferred” or “Raises a Red Flag” for each number, followed by explanation with data or information from the study to support your answer. Answers should show that you have critically evaluated the news report, and that you understand what makes a scientifically-sound, reliable news report (or not).

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5. Finally, now that you have used the table to evaluate each detail, write a closing paragraph that outlines your overall conclusions about your news article and any other comments or points that you would like to make. Did the reporter do a good job of conveying the information from the study to his or her readers?