Since history is a subject where people express their opinions it means that we have to be very careful to watch out for bias. When starting to learn about history, it’s important for students to notice historical bias by looking for giveaway signs like: Emotive language, missing information, or incorrect information.

In this free and downloadable lesson plan, students will learn all about the principles of historical bias, and how to evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence. In this lesson plan, students will be asked to research specific historical events and create a presentation.

In this historical bias lesson plan, students will learn:

  • To identify the bias that can exist in history. Students will be asked to look at various texts and primary sources and assess the difference. 
  • To explain the concept of historical bias. Students will be asked to explain at least two conflicting opinions about an event in history.

Students will then be given an activity, where they can use Canva to create their own visual poem. To take part in this lesson, students will require the following:

  • Access to a computer or mobile device
  • Internet connection
  • A Canva login

For more on this lesson, download the PDF Lesson Plan.


Written by
Terri Eichholz

Terri Eichholz teaches gifted students in Kinder through 5th grades in San Antonio, TX. She's been an educator for 24 years, and is a proponent of guiding students to create, problem-solve, and personalize their own learning. You can read more on her blog, "Engage Their Minds," or follow her on Twitter (@terrieichholz).