• The Great Debate - Science 8


    On April 22, 1970, people around the world joined together to proclaim the first Earth Day. It was the beginning of the growing awareness that humans were having sometimes harmful effects on our planet Earth through activities such as littering, polluting the air and water through emissions from automobiles and factories, and dumping of industrial waste. As in today's climate action movement, many high school and college students in 1970 were leaders in this brand new environmental movement.

    Earth Day April 23, 1970                                              Climate Action Protest 2019

    1970       2019

    In this project, you will take a position on one of two issues related to the broader question that was asked 50 years ago this week: What have we humans done so far and what can or should we do now and in the future when it comes to our energy use and other activities that have an impact on our home planet?

    Here is what you will be doing this week during this 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day

    1. You will choose one of these topics for your project:

    • Climate Change: 
      • Essential Question: Is human activity primarily responsible for global climate change and, if so,  what actions can we take that would help? 
    • Alternative/Renewable Energy:
      • Essential Question: Can alternative energy effectively replace fossil fuels? 

    *Note on Essential Questions: Use the essential questions above in framing your research for answers and in writing your thesis statement. You may notice that the essential questions on the SIRS and ProCon pages may be slightly different from ours and from each other, but the questions listed with each topic above do capture the main debate on each.

    Put the essential question for your topic into the RESEARCH QUESTION box on your NoodleTools project dashboard.

    2. You will use the following hot-topic research sources to build your argument:

    • NOTE: If you want to use an additional resource, you will need to evaluate whether the website is reliable and what, if any, side it takes on your issue. Use this checklist: WEBSITE EVALUATION CHECKLIST

    3. You will learn how to use them in video tours with Ms. Risi:

    4. You will cite your sources and take notes in a new project on NoodleTools that you share to the inbox for your teacher and period: