Classroom activities are presented to help teachers introduce general controversial issues and specific issues on nuclear power in their high school science, social studies, and English classes. Objectives are to help students understand the various techniques of persuasion; the relationship between bias, persuasion, and fact; how these techniques can serve as foundations for critical thinking; and their own assumptions regarding what is true about nuclear energy. Activities are arranged into two major parts. The first part, focusing on techniques of persuasion, consists of six lessons that present various activities to help students understand how they are influenced by and are able to influence others in subtle ways. In the activities, students examine bias and facts, the appeal of advertisements, techniques of persuasion, propaganda, and specific persuasive techniques used in the nuclear power controversy. The next section, on valuing techniques, presents many activities to help students recognize their personal values and how these values influence rational decision-making. Included are values clarification activities, a five-step value analysis activity, examples of moral dilemmas, and worksheets on how to handle these moral dilemmas. Lessons provide clear directions and are presented in a format that includes worksheets, quizzes, and illustrations. (LH)
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