Single Argument Claim & Evidence Matching (SACEM) Activity
vaccine hesitancy, science, education
For teachers with very limited time: the Single Argument Claim & Evidence Matching (SACEM) activity can be used as a stand-alone activity for those classrooms that have only about a class period or two to devote to the topic of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy.
The debatable question for this argument-centered lesson is:
Can education and communication strategies overcome Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and ensure that enough Americans get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus?
Introduce the debatable question.
Divide the class in two; each half should be assigned a position on the debatable question. Within each side, students should be paired into two-person teams.
Distribute the SACEM Claims document, the evidence selection document, and an argument builder. Review & reinforce the definition of an argumentative claim.
Assign each team an argumentative claim; teams review all of the selected passages and identify the two best pieces of evidence for their claim.
Teams complete the argument builder using evidence and argumentative reasoning.
Small groups share arguments and engage in 10-minute debates.
Wrap up, discuss and reflect on the debates.
Students practice identifying and evaluating evidence to support claims, applying criteria for selection that moves through a meta-cognitive process into criteria that they become aware of. Students inquire into vaccine hesitancy and the science of Covid-19 vaccinations through argument-based discussion.
LESSON ENDS WITH...
Student written work in their argument builders, and spoken work in the argument-based discussion, can be assessed using the argument-centered common assessment rubric.