Students debate and discussion current events that relate to topics discussed in biology courses.
Have students read article off web if computer access available. Or print articles from websites and copy
Text of Learning Exercise:
Have students read the two articles about smallpox vaccinations in prevention of bioterrorist attack. Have students read the pro article first and then have a discussion about their feelings and attitudes to what was said in the article. Have students state whether they agree or disagree with the stance of the author who wrote the article. Then have students read the con article. Survey students to see if any students feel that they are now leaning in favor of the second article. Have discussion about major points or claims given to support this authors claim. Split the white board in half and have students look over article one and list all of the claims made to support vaccination. On other half of board, list the claims made in second article that list reasons why vaccination is not the answer. After looking at the pros and cons of both arguments, have students volunteer where they stand after examining both articles.
Homework: Assign students to find other articles that discuss this topic. After more personal research about topic,
have students write a small essay that discusses their stance of the topic. Ask them to state further information that they found that made them come to their conclusion. Attach a works cited for all websites and text information that was used to support their stance.