Argument-Centered Education

Lesson
Single Argument Claim & Evidence Matching (SACEM) Activity
Single Argument Claim & Evidence Matching  (SACEM) Activity

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Format

Topics

vaccine hesitancy, science, education

Languages

English

Description

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.

LESSON AGENDA

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. 

LESSON OBJECTIVE

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.

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