This is a 6 page outline for an ethical case study, vaccination debate. In this activity the students will follow the step-by-step instructions and work through the debate process. The students will work in small groups and will be provided a position to defend (PRO) or (CON) vaccinations.
Days 1 & 2: Ethics Research Notes
Start your research with the provided information.
1. Read the article.
2. Complete your research. Research both sides of the debate. Take notes as you research. Feel free to use the provided the rubric to help you set up your Research notes, as it will be how they are assessed. Your personal Research Notes will be handed in following the debate.
Days 3 & 4: Ethics Research Notes & Debate Format
1. You will be placed into a team.
2. Your team will be given a position – for (PRO) or against (CON). You will then combine your research with your teammates to prepare your position and counter argument/rebuttal statements for the debate. Expand your research preparing to contribute to the debate fully. Add any new information found to your research notes. Be sure to build support, think of possible counter arguments, and prepare possible rebuttals for your position.
Day 5: Debate
Debate will follow the provided classroom debate format; taking approximately 40 minutes. Be sure to hand in your Research Notes following the debate.
I uploaded this activity as a word document, so feel free to edit it to best suit the needs of the students in your classroom.