Considering the Possible Benefits and Risks, is Becoming a Vegetarian a Smart Decision?

This skill-building activity encourages learners to evaluate evidence and to use strong evidence to support a stance on a controversial issue. Individuals use bar graphs to rate the strength of arguments for the benefits and risks in becoming a vegetarian and then discuss their ratings with a partner. Sentence frames are provided to assist class members in crafting informed commentary.

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Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Background information and a summary of key arguments on both sides of the issue are included
  • The resource also includes an exercise on English, Spanish, and French cognates 
  • Consider using the 24 lessons in this series weekly as skill builders
Cons
  • More information is needed on the health risks and benefits of vegetarianism
  • Although the exercises in the series could be used independently, the activities are somewhat sequential and the greatest benefit would come from doing all the lessons in order