I. Must We Change?
1. Use your search engine and input the following search criteria:
a. Switch from viewing “All” to viewing “News”.
b. Narrow your search to the “last 30 days” or “last month”.
c. In the search field type, “Climate Change” and “United States”.
d. In your science notebook write the titles of the first three articles and their sources.
e. Next, in the search field, keep “Climate Change” and change “United States” to “World”.
f. In your science notebook write the titles of the first three articles and their sources.
Choose two articles to read, one from the “United States” search and one from the “World” search. Write a summary of each article and include the following:
• What similarities or intersections are there between the United States and other places in the world?
• What’s the tone of the article? Note: Tone is the speaker’s attitude toward a subject. Tone is described with adjectives and it is detected through the writer’s word choice and style. Tone must match purpose in order for an argument to be successful.
• What’s the author’s purpose? To inform, persuade, describe, etc.
• What solutions, if any are provided?
• What questions do you have as the result of reading these articles? How will you ensure your sources are credible and based on fact?
2. Keep a journal for one week cataloging all of the news, advertisements and social media posts you see about climate change. (Twitter, TV, online ads, articles, clothes, signs, etc… )
Ice Melt and Sea Level Rise
3. Explain why warming seas, melting Arctic ice and sea level rise has an impact regardless of your location with in the United States. Think about the social, economic and environmental impacts. Reference current and historical data at www.climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/arctic-sea-ice/
4. How are medical emergencies a consequence or effect of climate change, such as heart attack, heat stroke, dehydration, Zika, West Nile virus, Chikungunya? Support your explanation with at least three different types of evidence, such as, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, Truth In 10, photographs, charts and graphs, and citations.
Loss of Species
5. The loss of plant and animal species due to climate change is occurring at an alarming rate as are species migration and the rise of invasive species. How are plants and animals being impacted in your region or state? Why does it matter? Use photography and video to document changes in your location. What other evidence is there to support your claims?