Comparing Evil: Qualifying Crimes Against Humanity

Comparing Evil: Qualifying Crimes Against Humanity

CRA Description : 
This assignment assesses studentsʼ ability to listen to, analyze, and evaluate presentations, including the evidence required to adequately support educated opinions. Students will participate in three stages of an active discussion—evidence collection, the group discussion itself, and a written results analysis—where they will learn to support claims, develop appropriate reasoning, practice persuasive argumentation, and reflect on the outcomes as they consider the “worst” crimes against humanity. This assignment also incorporates an online component and considers the impact of format on communication.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Amnesty
Argument
Bias
Claim, Evidence, and Reasons
Counterclaim
Credibility
Defining a Problem
Discrimination and Persecution
Evaluation
Governmental Regulation
Hate Crimes
Individual Responsibility
Justice
Online Communication
Political Boundaries
Position Response
Resource
Validity and Reliability
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should have some knowledge of what serves as evidence in an active discussion. Students must know that in a debatable issue, an argument is the position taken on an issue or the point-of-view that will be defended with good reasoning. Students should also know good argument practices dictate equal exploration of all sides of an issue to strengthen the original position and create evidential depth. It is important that students understand the basics of research and online navigation, including the language of online discussions, to get the most from this experience.