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  •  They do. Lots of lessons on it (9+ / 0-)

    in Social Studies.  And, in English, picking out fact from opinion.  It's one of the small victories we have won in the schools.

    David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

    by PsychoSavannah on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 05:15:57 AM PST

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    •  It's being taught. (7+ / 0-)

      Here are just a few examples, from the Texas curriculum guidelines.

      5th grade

      (12)  Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Persuasive Text. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about persuasive text and provide evidence from text to support their analysis. Students are expected to:

      (A)  identify the author's viewpoint or position and explain the basic relationships among ideas (e.g., parallelism, comparison, causality) in the argument; and

      (B)  recognize exaggerated, contradictory, or misleading statements in text.

      6th grade
      (13)  Reading/Media Literacy. Students use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts. Students are expected to:

      (A)  explain messages conveyed in various forms of media;

      (B)  recognize how various techniques influence viewers' emotions;

      (C)  critique persuasive techniques (e.g., testimonials, bandwagon appeal) used in media messages; and

      (D)  analyze various digital media venues for levels of formality and informality.

      There are also lots of curriculum objectives relating to distinguishing fact from fiction; identifying faulty reasoning; determining whether a writer actually supports the claims he is making; etc.

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