Grade 11, 12 Physician Assisted Suicide

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject    Issues in Government                          

Grade  11 & 12

Unit:  Physician Assisted Suicide                                 

Pacing: 2nd MP (2+weeks)

Essential Question(s):

1.     How do different states and different countries deal with the issue of PAS?

2.     Is Physician Assisted Suicide an ethical solution for people with incurable illness?

 

Big Idea(s):

1.     Laws regarding PAS differ across the USA and on an international level.

2.     There are many reasons that support and oppose PAS.

3.   Using evidence can help support particular points of view.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

1.8.1: Describe examples of laws that have been modified to meet the needs of a changing society.

1.7.1 compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

2.4.1: Use relevant evidence to prepare a formal oral argument to defend a point of view.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

  • State laws (Tenth amendment)
  • Oregon: Death With Dignity Act
  • California
  • Washington
  • Terry Schiavo
  • Dr. Kevorkian
  • Power of attorney
  • Living will
  • Washington v. Glucksberg,
  • Vacco v. Quill.
  • Hippocratic oath

 

 

  • ethics
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands
  • 10th Amendment
  • assisted suicide
  • euthanasia – passive and active, voluntary and involuntary

 

  • Doctor Kevorkian
  • Terri Schiavo
  • Needs of society
  • Thanatron
  • Hippocratic Oath
  • (Tenth amendment)
  • Oregon: Death With Dignity Act
  • California
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Power of attorney
  • Living will

 

 

 

  • Explain laws involving assisted suicide.
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  • Compare laws in different states.

 

  •  Interpret court proceedings involving assisted suicide.

 

  

 

  • compare and contrast policies on PAS in different countries

 

 

 

 

  •  Defend a personal opinion on the topic of P.A.S.

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Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

 

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Video clip of Terri Schiavo ( VHS)

Audio clips of Dr. Jack Kevorkian: Interviews

http://www.euthanasia.com/

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/pas/

http://www.religioustolerance.org/euthanas.htm http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43463

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kevorkian/interviews/

Death With Dignity Act

www.pregnantpause.org/euth/laws

Opposing Viewpoints.com

Movie “Million Dollar Baby”

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

·        Listen to the “Death Interviews” featuring Dr. Kevorkian and patients requesting assisted suicide, while students read printed transcripts.

·        Watch 20 minute summary of Terri Schiavo story, discuss the implications of the case.

·        Flipchart activity

·        Debate

·        Mock trial

·        Congressional session (small groups propose bills on PAS for CT) 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

 

 

  • Hippocratic oath
  • ethics
  • Belgium
  • assisted suicide
  • euthanasia
  • passive and active, voluntary and involuntary

 

  • Needs of society
  • Thanatron