Edward Jenner’s Smallpox Vaccine

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While Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccine seemed to be a successful way to prevent infection by the disease, many people at the time opposed its use. This inquiry activity combines background information, primary and secondary source materials, and a worksheet to scaffold students’ learning as they investigate the central inquiry question, “Why was Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccine so controversial?”

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