The Hidden Killers: Deadly Viruses
Military Uses
Marburg/Ebola
Outbreak

The Military Uses

http://library.advanced.org/23054/military/index.html

This is a group activity. There are three groups. Each group will read assigned aricles about the use of viruses in the military. Each group will write a summary and report to the rest of the class. Some discussion will naturally come along with the reporting. There are three "after summary discussion" questions for further discussion, if necessary. The point is for the students to begin thinking about these questions. The next step will be to watch the movie Outbreak and more discussion may come about after the movie. This is a GED activity.

Print out the directions for the students from their page on Military Uses. That link is at the bottom of this page.

Determine who will be in groups A, B, and C.

This is THE section. It is bold. It is dangerous. It is real.

  1. All groups click on the link at the top of the page.
  2. Group A: Go to Advantages of Using Viral Weapons plus Current Threats in the yellow print in the Table of Contents box on the RIGHT of the screen. Click.

    Group B: Go to Smallpox Threat in the yellow print in the Table of Contents box on the RIGHT of the screen. Click.

    Group C: Go to Other Viruses ... Plus Terrorist Threat in the yellow print in the Table of Contents box on the RIGHT of the screen. Click.
  3. Each group will read the article(s) assigned and work together to
    write a summary.
    • A summary tells the “gist” of the article.
    • A summary is not reading/writing, word-for-word, the article.
    • A summary is a short version, in your own words. Example:
    • You have seen a movie, any movie. You tell your friend about the movie.
      You tell the most important and dramatic points. You don’t tell every single detail.
  1. Each group writes a summary using one computer. When the group is done, each person may return to his/her own computer and look through this site for fun.
  2. When all groups are done, each group will have somebody in the group read their summary. This will give everybody the opportunity to have all of the information without reading it all themselves!

Questions for after summary discussion:

  1. Do you think there is a real threat of biological weapons being used in your lifetime? Why or why not?

  2. What can be done to keep biological weapons from being used?

  3. Have you known anybody that had a deadly virus?

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