THE GREAT ENERGY DEBATE

All sources of energy we use have some benefits and some disadvantages. During this activity, students will work through researching these pros and cons (info sheets), present their findings to their classmates in the form of a debate, and then reflect upon the results on this debate! This will be an assessment grade for 4th mkp and will be graded based upon the following criteria:

Rubric
Category
Excellent
OK
Needs Improvement
Info Sheets
Students have correctly filled out their own energy source info sheets as well as most/all of the other energy source info sheets
5
Students have filled out their own energy source info sheets (and most info is correct) as well as some of the other energy source info sheets
4
Students have correctly filled out their own energy source info sheets, but there is a quite a bit of misinformation. Other info sheets are not completed or are incorrect
3
Debate
Students actively participate in the debate. They are prepared and ready to quickly make a “play” when they are called upon. They remain attentive to other groups.
5
Students actively participate in the debate. They are usually prepared and ready to quickly make a “play” when they are called upon. They are usually attentive to other groups.
4
Students do not actively participate in the debate. They are not prepared and ready to make a “play” when they are called upon. They are not attentive to other groups.
3
Results
Students are prepared to answer the questions at the end of the debate showing well thought out responses, with multiple points and support.
5
Students answer the questions at the end of the debate showing well thought out responses.
4
Students answer only some of the questions at the end of the debate and answers are not well supported
3

Part One: Research


Students will choose their own groups and choose their own energy resource from a list of 10 renewable and non-renewable resources. The outline for the debate as well as the scoreboard can be found on pages 5-8 of The Great Energy Debate and the info sheets can be found on pages 9-18 of The Great Energy Debate

Once groups have been selected, students may set out to do their research. The goal is to not only fill out their own info sheets, but many others as well. Your first resource to use is the Energy Infobook. You may use other outside resources, but you'll find that this file has much of the info you need in an easy to read format. THE RESEARCH WILL BE DONE AS A GROUP, BUT IT IS THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GROUP MEMBER(s) TO FILL OUT THEIR OWN INFO SHEETS.


HINT: If you're going to be out of class or "on the road" for a trip, you can download any one of the above files onto an iPad and put it into iBooks and you won't need a WiFi connection. Or, you can print out the pages you need and bring this with you.

Additional Resources:
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/

Part Two: Debate!

Students will battle each other arguing the pros and cons of their various resources. THIS WILL BE THE ONLY PORTION OF THE GRADE THAT IS BASED UPON THE GROUP WORK

Part Three: Results

Students will INDIVIDUALLY reflect upon the debate and answer the following questions

1. 1. Why isn’t there an obvious winner in this debate?

2. 2. Even if the debate continued, would there be a winner? Why or why not?

3. 3. Why do we use energy sources that have negative impacts on the environment?

4. 4. What are some other factors that we need to consider in our choice of energy resources?