On March 31, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced that Texans must limit their contact with people outside their homes to essential services only. Shortly thereafter, the total number of confirmed cased in Texas rose to 6,812 with 127 Coronavirus-related deaths. The governor’s public health directives have looked slightly different than other states. Gov. Abbott has designated gun stores and places of worship as essential services.
Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.
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- Writing: Describe how the political culture in Texas has influenced the state’s response to the Coronavirus. What values do Texans and their political leaders hold that might dictate their response? In your view, is Texas’ response to the crisis adequate? Does Texas have a higher risk of seeing a rise in cases and deaths?
- Debate: Texas will not be impacted by the Coronavirus in the same way as states like New York or Washington. Therefore, Texas is prepared for the coming months and has acted appropriately.
- Poll: Are Texas officials taking the appropriate steps to ensure public safety during this pandemic?
- Short Answer: What is the benefit of declaring a state of emergency during a public health crisis or pandemic?
Current events quiz:
1) As of April 5, 2020, Texas has reported how many cases of COVID-19?
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