Assignment: The Green Debate

Do an on-screen debate about green issues such as recycling, alternative fuels, global warming, or biodiversity.

The same methodology can be used for any other controversial aspect of science teaching, focusing on either moral or factual aspects. For example: should mankind explore space or use the funds elsewhere? How should we address declining fish stocks? Is overpopulation an issue, and if so, how should it be addressed? What are the pros and cons of GM foods? Evolution vs creationism.

Older students may find this a useful way to look at more mature issues such sexuality, where there are many points of view on various aspects of the topic.

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Suggested techniques

This can be presented as a studio debate, a chat show, or a one-on-one interview where a presenter talks to an expert in depth.

Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate. Video can be sourced externally or created with Moviestorm.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • The student is required to demonstrate familiarity with both (or several) sides of a debate, and be able to present both cases clearly, even if they disagree with the arguments. This improves critical thinking and discussion skills.
  • Debates make for a good group project.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.

Suitability

  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Science

Downloadable resources

This template depicts three characters in a T.V chat show style debate focusing on the topic of the environment. Teachers and students can use it for arguments for and against related subtopics.

Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.

cloud.moviestorm.co.uk/Lesson_Plans/The%20Green%20Debate.zip

File size: 231KB

 

Installation instructions

Download the file and extract the zip folder to this location:

  • Vista, Windows 7, Macs: [Username]/Moviestorm/Movies
  • Windows XP: C:/Documents and Settings/[Username]/Moviestorm/Movies

Permission is granted to download, copy, and redistribute this page.

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