Barrett Vitol is a former attorney who currently teaches Government, Economics, and Modern World History at Aptos High School in Aptos, California. He is the author of Freedom from Fear: Using Reflective Essays to Follow the Mandates of the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, an action research paper he conducted to receive an M.A. in Educational Leadership. He has dedicated himself to improving the lives and skills of students, and seeks to instill a passion for public service in them through research-based political action projects. He has been helping students craft persuasive arguments in both Maryland and California for over a decade.
Essential Question/Inquiry Question:
How can we use text that is both standards-based and authentic to help students expose intentional fallacies and logically sequence counterclaims on issues of public concern?