Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Classroom Debates Unit
vaccine hesitancy, science, education
This multi-week project is designed to teach students about Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy -- its sources and solutions -- through the lens of evidence-based argument and criticality, giving students ample opportunity to research, write, analyze, respond to, and evaluate arguments made on Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy from across the spectrum.
It is designed to advance these student learning objectives:
Students will become closely familiar with the causes and expressions of vaccine hesitancy and of science denialism.
Students will improve their ability to locate, identify, and deploy textual and quantitative evidence to support and counter argumentative claims.
Students will practice the process of warranting and reasoning through evidence to support argumentative claims, and to look for and infer flaws or gaps in the reasoning of others.
Students will deepen their criticality, evaluative skills, and civic engagement through the process of classroom discussion, debate, and deliberation on a controversial issue of heightened social importance in our current historical moment.
THIS CURRICULUM GUIDE CONTAINS
Complete two rounds of classroom debates, as well as two Showcase Debates for school community.
Complete a summative writing assessment on the debatable question.