A Legal Matter (1-1 ½ hours) > Print/View All Notes
In this activity, students will consider a lawsuit brought by two obese teenagers against McDonald's. Before beginning the activity, have students turn to page 6 of their Engineering Portfolios. Ask students to take notes as they research the case, and encourage students to think critically about each resource.
After students complete their research, you may wish to conduct a class discussion. Ask students whether they think the lawsuit was frivolous or justified. Ask them for evidence to support their argument, and which evidence or reasoning they find most convincing. Students should also consider how they would respond to evidence that supports the other side. The discussion will prepare students to write their argumentative essays.
After the discussion, students should choose a position and write an argumentative essay. Students must justify their arguments using evidence. They may reference quotes from the articles, statistics or data from other sources, or provide a reasoned response based on critical thinking.