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Lesson Plans

Critically Thinking About a Nicotine Addiction Study

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University of Texas Health Science Center

Students develop critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate scientific explanations about nicotine addiction and the medication varenicline. They will analyze a scientific study, find sources of potential bias, analyze data tables, construct graphs, and evaluate results. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 4 lessons with 1–4 activities per lesson
  • Teacher materials
  • Journal and media articles

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Science literacy
  • Using empirical evidence and logic to examine scientific research
  • Identifying limitations and advantages of scientific research
  • Comparing and contrasting peer-reviewing findings with that of media articles

Time / Duration: 

  • 2-4 class periods


  • Printer/copier for articles, worksheets

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards
  • Project 2061 Standards
  • Healthy People 2010


  • English