TEL Lesson Plan
Exploring Medical Issues

Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: Social Studies: Contemporary Issues
Time Frame: 3 classes to research; 3 to write debate content;

Summary

The students will research an issue pertaining to the miracles of modern medicine. They will then have class debates relating to the issues researched

Databases/Other Resources

Points of View Reference Center

Procedures

The teacher will divide the class and give students the pro or con side of one of the following medical issues: Cloning; Stem Cell Research; Assisted suicide; Artificial Insemination; Vaccines/Immunizations; Obesity and Health Insurance; Animal Experimentation The students will spend several days in the library researching their assigned issue. The librarian will show them how to use Ebsco Points of View Database and how to cite the resources found in this database The teacher will teach the students the basics about debating (using URL provided in this lesson plan) and give them the guidelines for the debate The students will develop a well researched argument for their side of the issue The student will then have class debates on all of the issues researched

Steps

Steps for Teacher

Debate Organizer

Resolved

 

 

 


  Make sure you include quotations and note sources as part of your evidence.

Argument 1:

 

 

 

 

Evidence:

 

Source:

Argument 2:

 

 

 

 

Evidence:

Source


Argument 3:

 

 

 

 

Evidence:

Source


Argument 4:

 

 

 

 

Evidence:

Source

Anticipate, and be prepared to counter, the arguments of your opposition.

       Opposing Position:

Argument 1:

 

 

But:

 

Source


Argument 2:

 

 

But:

Source

 

Argument 3:

 

 

But:

Source

 

Argument 4:

 

 

But:

Source


Clinch your argument with a strong summary, your most compelling evidence, a powerful quote.

Closing:

 

Steps for Librarian

Steps for Student

  1. Using the Points of View Reference Center research either the pro or con of their assigned issue.
  2. Put togehter a well thought out argument for their side of the debate on the topic.
  3. Present thier argument to the class.
  4. Participate in class discussions/questions for all of the debated topics.
  5. Document/cite the sources used to develop their argument.

Related Activities

Have the class explore websites for organizations that suppport or oppose some of the medical issues explored in class.  Have them make a chart of the organizations and compare and contrast their views.

 

Content Standards

Social Studies: Contemporary Issues

Standard Number: 1.0 Culture

Standard: Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people, including
their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and tradition. Students will explore these
elements of society to develop an appreciation of and respect for the variety of human
cultures.

 

Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Standard Number: 1.0 Culture

Learning Expectations:

1.2. Identify trends and controversies regarding modern medicine and human
genetics.

 

Performance Indicators State

Standard Number: 1.0 Culture

Performance Indicators:

1.1 understand patterns of discrimination.

At Level 1, the student is able to
relate types of existing discrimination (e.g., gender, ethnic, and racial bias).

At Level 2, the student is able to
differentiate attitudes towards different patterns of discrimination

Assessment

Debate Rubric

Criteria Points
Comments
Opening statements
were well organized.

   
Team members addressed
remarks to the audience.

   
Opening statements
were not read from cards.

   
All team members
participated equally
in opening statement.

   
Students spoke loud
enough to be heard.

   
Rebuttal was specific to
arguments made in the
opposing team's opening
statement.

   
All team members
participated equally in
the rebuttal.

   
Answers to audience
questions were well
thought out.

   
Respect was shown
throughout the debate
for the opposing team.
(No name calling,
interruptions, etc. )

 

 




 

Team members properly documented the sources used to develop their arguments
   

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.