Global Climate Change


Winter and Spring Terms 2008-09
Suffield Academy
Mr. LaPlante & Mr. Sullivan
gerry_laplante@suffieldacademy.org or bill_sullivan@suffieldacademy.org

This seminar will challenge seniors to identify, comprehend, and communicate solutions about global climate change, an important global problem. With an emphasis on collaboration, students and faculty will learn together about an imperative topic, distill the issues, and prioritize the strategies on a local as well as a global level. With a scientific mindset for inquiry and a passion to research and understand this topic holistically, the class will ultimately be well prepared to share their in-depth knowledge with our community during a late spring chapel. Students will write weekly HOT Log papers (Higher Order Thinking Logs about our intellectual journey). Using research skills from history class and communication skills from English, these papers will provide students the opportunity to connect ideas and reflect on how these ideas will help move the class towards its ultimate goal. This class truly is a student-centered course, and students need to cultivate a disposition to support risk-taking and work in a collaborative atmosphere while maintaining flexibility. Students will also earn their technology requirement by virtue of enrolling in this class because we will be creating a multi-media presentation for our Chapel presentation; we will also be using a class wiki to synthesize our work.

Course Schedule:


Date
Class Activity
Assignment
Tue, Dec 2
Welcome, Course Intro, Tour of our class Wiki
Write two paragraphs WITHOUT doing any research or discussion with anyone: What is Global Climate Change? What is a Carbon Footprint?
Wed, Dec 3
In-class Presentation of your writing
Friedman: Chap 1 & 2, pages 1-49; post one research skill/method on the appropriate wiki page.
Fri, Dec 5
Discuss Friedman reading
Find two extremely interesting sources which might be useful to the class POST THEM HERE
Sat, Dec 6
In-class Presentation of the sources you have found
Friedman: Chap 3, pages 53-76 / Prepare draft of H.O.T. Log #1
Tue, Dec 9
Finish Source Presentations; Review Drafts of H.O.T. Log 1
Complete H.O.T. Log #1: Is Global Climatic Disruption a better description than Global Warming?
Wed, Dec 10
View: An Inconvenient Truth
Friedman: Chap 4, pages 77-110
Fri, Dec 12
Peer editing of H.O.T. Log 1
Revise H.O.T. Log 1 and post it on your individual Wiki page
Sat, Dec 13
Carbon Cycle and other important background information (see Science page - Climate 101)
Friedman: Chap 5, pages 111-139 / Begin work on H.O.T. Log #2
Tue, Dec 16
Reflect on wiki skills and potential; finalize rubric for presentations
Complete H.O.T. Log #2: Is Global Climate Change real? If so, what are some specific reasons that denial and skepticism are invalid?
Wed, Dec 17
View: The 11th Hour

Tue, Jan 6
Discuss the use of news sources
Compose an outline for our spring Chapel Presentation - What should we share with our community? Bring a printed copy and post your outline on your individual Wiki page.
Wed, Jan 7
Outline Development - Round One
Compose an outline of the first five chapters of Friedman. What are the major takeaways (ideas) from each chapter? How can those ideas be summed up?
Fri, Jan 9
Outline development - Round Two
Prepare your presentation of your news article; on your wiki page post a summary of your news article and an evaluation of its usefulness for our Chapel Presentation (see description on the Research Skills wiki page). Read Friedman: Chapter 6
Sat, Jan 10
Presentation of one current article from your news source
Read Friedman: Chapters 7 and 8
No HOT Log for next week; individual writing conferences instead.
Tue, Jan 13
Draft Final Chapel Outline to be used for future collaborative research
Compose an outline of the chapters 6-8 of Friedman. What are the major takeaways (ideas) from each chapter? How can those ideas be summed up?
Wed, Jan 14
Begin work on survey; individual writing conferences
Complete and PRINT your outline of the chapters 1-8 of Friedman. Hand in on Friday 1/16 and post on your wiki page.
Fri, Jan 16
Finish writing conferences; introduce Chapel Groups; complete draft of chapel outline in line with group structure
Prepare your presentation of your news article; complete postings on your wiki page, email your two (2) group applications by 9 pm.
Sat, Jan 17
Presentation of current article from your news source; establishment of groups from chapel outline
Identify group topic and begin researching/drafting H.O.T. Log #3
Tue, Jan 20
Check-in with rough drafts of HOT Logs.
Complete H.O.T. Log #3: Topics selected by group.
Wed, Jan 21
Time management pep talk; outline revisions in groups; intro survey questions
Five Survey questions in one of three forms, posted to your group wiki page.
Fri, Jan 23
Work on Survey Questions, Discussion of actual survey process
Revise and post H.O.T. Log #3; Identify group topic and begin researching/drafting H.O.T. Log #4; Prepare your presentation of your weekly news article.
Sat, Jan 24
Presentation of current article from your news source; view recent NOVA
Continue work on HOT Log #4; revise and expand on survey questions..."what do they know?, what do they think?"
Tue, Jan 27
Survey Administration Plan; Survey Question Group Work
Complete H.O.T. Log #4: Topics selected by group and posted on group wiki page.
Wed, Jan 28
Further development and delineation of research skills.Completion of Survey
Add research skills components to group wiki page. Administer Survey to ten (10) designated individuals per class member/teacher (120 total); this must be completed and turned in during class on Wednesday, 2/4/09
Fri, Jan 30
Review Group Research Components
Revise and post H.O.T. Log #4; Identify group topic and begin researching/drafting H.O.T. Log #5; post topic on group wiki page; Prepare your presentation of your weekly news article.
Sat, Jan 31
Presentation of current article from your news source;
Continue survey administration.
Tue, Feb 3
Reinforce Research Skills; View and review expectations for Group Wiki Pages; NY Times Article; Look at Gore video
Complete H.O.T. Log #5: Topics selected by group; All surveys completed and turned in.
Wed, Feb 4
Collate and Process Survey Results
Read Friedman Chapters 9-14
Fri, Feb 6
LONG WEEKEND - No Class
Read Friedman Chapters 9-14
Sat, Feb 7
LONG WEEKEND - No Class
Read Friedman Chapters 9-14
Tue, Feb 10
Draft queries to use in analyzing our survey data. Process TF Takeaways in groups; begin Chapter 18 Project.
Read Friedman pp. 343-375
Wed, Feb 11
Continue analysis of our survey. TF Takeaways in groups; continue Chapter 18 Project.
Read Friedman pp. 375-412
Collaborate and organize group wiki page.
Fri, Feb 13
Review email. Work with Survey. Process TF Takeaways. Work on Chapter 18 Project.
Prepare ONE MINUTE presentation of weekly article (summary and usefulness). Decide on topic for next HOT Log and POST on group wiki page. Clean up group wiki page. Complete DRAFT of your group's Chapter 18 project (creative use of important text, video, images, data, etc.) on your group wiki page.
Sat, Feb 14
ONE MINUTE Presentation of news/journal article. Peer editing of group Chapter 18 projects. View Crude DVD.
Complete FINAL VERSION of Chapter 18 Project. Continue researching and drafting next HOT Log.
Tue, Feb 17
HOT Log #6 Peer Review; Science of Electricity
Complete H.O.T. Log #6
Wed, Feb 18
Complete viewing CRUDE.
Prepare for TEST by reviewing Friedman, our entire wiki, our survey
Fri, Feb 20
WINTER TERM TEST (open book, open computer, use all your resources)
Prepare ONE MINUTE presentation of weekly article (summary and usefulness). Finish watching CRUDE (http://www.abc.net.au/science/crude/) from the website.
Sat, Feb 21
ONE MINUTE Presentation of news/journal article; Electricity 101; finalize Chapter 18 Project
Read National Geographic article on Saving Energy, March 2009 issue (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/03/energy-conservation/miller-text)
Tue, Feb 24
REVIEW TEST; discuss CRUDE and Saving Energy
Write a rough draft of H.O.T. Log #7 TOPIC: Explore a distinct connection between Friedman and CRUDE.
Wed, Feb 25
Peer Rev. H.O.T. Log #7; discuss "Sav. Eng."; Revisit Outline; Group work: queries, create slides.

Post five queries, results, and reflection (3-4 sentences) about impact on outline. Spend 5 mins. on Evaluation.
Fri, Feb 27
Revisit Hot,Flat, C. more exploitation in large and small groups.
Add more text about the development of your research story to your Chapel page and slides.
Sat, Feb 28
Present your HOT Log source in class. Devote some class time to evaluation.
Invest time into H.O.T. Log #7 and your group page and slides. Spend 5 mins. on Evaluation.

Tues, Mar 3
NPR Audio; Six Degrees ending; brainstorm ways to take presentation to the community
Complete H.O.T. Log #7 and turn in via Google Docs BEFORE the start of class on Wednesday. Complete posting of your group presentation outlines to the Presentation slides in Google Docs.


Wed, Mar 4
Finalize SLIDE Presentation. Turn in Course evaluation in Google Docs.

Tues, Mar 31
Discussion of Course Schedule through Presentation #1; Future Grading Plan; Review Upcoming Article/Media Research; Begin Article/MediaResearch
Read Textual Handout on Climate Change Written Responses to Review Questions 7, 14, 15 page 406 posted in Google Docs by 10:00 p.m.

Wed, Apr 1
Discuss Reading; Discuss Articles/Media for Class Evaluation; Group Work on Presentation
Reread Textual Handout with focus on its value/application to your individual group work Written Response to Discussion Question 8 page 406 posted in Google Docs by 10:00 p.m.Post group article/media link on your group wiki page by 8:00 p.m.

Fri, Apr 3
Reading Quiz; Group Work on Presentation
Read Science and Alternative Energy articles/media and prepare for discussion

Sat, Apr 4
Article Discussions; Group Work on Presentation
Read Economic article/media and prepare for discussion

Tues, Apr 7
Article Discussions; Group/Class Work on Presentation
Read Action Plan and Political article/media and prepare for discussion

Wed, Apr 8
Article Discussions; Group/Class Work on Presentation
Group Work on Presentation

Fri, Apr 10
Group/Class Work on Presentation
Presentation Slide Show in FINAL form; Group Grade.
Also problem-solve how we can transfer from Google Docs. to Power Point.


Sat, Apr 11
Class Edit slide show; Transfer Slide Show into PowerPoint.
Re-read Hot, F, C, pp.386-391. The story of First Solar, Inc. Practice your presentation in front of a friend or roommate.

Tues, Apr 14
Rehearsal #1


Wed, Apr 15
Rehearsal with videotape
Reserve 40 mins. to watch video of presentation for homework. Make edits on your slides and make suggestions to others about their slides before class on Friday.

Fri, Apr 17
Review and evaluate videotape


Sat, Apr 18
Rehearsal with Audience
Make edits on your slides from Saturday's feedback.

Tues, Apr 21
Each group will report and show revisions from audience feedback from 4/18
Practice your presentation in front of a friend or roommate.

Wed, Apr 22
Dress Rehearsal,
Practice your presentation in front of a friend or roommate.

Thur, Apr 23
PRESENTATION #1 L Period


Fri, Apr 24
Analyze video of presentation.
Read article to help our presentation improve even more. Email suggestions by Wed. night.

Sat, Apr 25
Finish analyzing video of presentation. Discuss common article.


Tues, Apr 28



Wed, Apr 29



Thur, Apr 30
PRESENTATION #2 L Period


Fri, May 1



Sat, May 2



Tues, May 5



Wed, May 6



Thur, May 7
PRESENTATION #3 L Period


Fri, May 8
Discussion of What's Next?


Sat, May 9
Continuation of What's Next?; viewing of Burning the Future: Coal in America
Written Executive Summary of Class Presentation, posted on your page in Google Docs. One page summary of the most important takeaways from the presentation (what would you tell Mr. Cahn, who could not attend the presentation?)

Mon, May 11



Tues, May 12
EARTH DAY School-wide 1-4 pm


Wed, May 13



Fri, May 15

Two to three page Position Paper: Using a 10 year time frame and a reference point of your choosing (personal, family, school, country, etc.): 1. What do you think should happen with regard to GCC? 2. What do you think will happen? 3. What will you personally take action upon?

Sat, May 16
Position Paper Due


Tues, May 19
Sharing of Position Papers


Wed, May 20
Sharing of Position Papers






















Course Evaluation: reflect on what PBL means and what is one thing that is good about our PBL approach and one thing that you would like to change in our PBL approach. With the same balance, reflect on what it means to you to be in a student-centered class.


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