Teachable Moment: Cecil the Lion CCSS Lesson

_84549014_theondlovucompositeCecil the Lion – Teachable Moment – CCSS 9th – 10th Grade

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.B
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.

Resources:

Hang the Dentist:  http://www.youngcons.com/peta-wants-the-dentist-who-killed-cecil-the-lion-to-be-hanged/

Hunt was Legal: http://www.cnhinews.com/news/article_f509f158-35e5-11e5-b3fb-1f59985ee66e.html

Hunters fight Back: http://news.yahoo.com/hunters-fight-back-cecil-killing-154302748.html

Internet Outrage over Death of Cecil the Lion: http://ktla.com/2015/07/29/outrage-against-walter-palmer-as-internet-seeks-justice-for-cecil-the-lion/

Procedure:

Have students compare and contrast the points of view in the articles listed above. Have them create a blog entry on their own point of view as they compare these three articles. Insist upon evidence to support claims that students put forth in their blog entry. Require one point of action that those reading the blog may take forward (i.e. support PETA or require Guides to be accountable for their actions) as a result of the argument that they put forth.

The students’ point of view should not be important! It should only be important that whatever the point of view, it is supported by credible research.

Score the extent to which the blog is supported, not the opinion of the writer. 

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