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Nuclear EnergyDebatesCollaboration of Science and Language

Jim Litz

Tamra Hatch


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Combining Language and Science

  • Science Fair

  • Creating books

  • Newspapers in class

  • Local newspaper education page

  • Persuasive speeches

  • Combined field trips with language and science components

  • Debates


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4U in the

Missoulian

Bird Books


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Science

Background knowledge

Power Points

Labs

Field trips

Research

Language

Research skills

Guided research

Impromptu speeches

Persuasive writing

Debate practice

Beginning the Debate Process

Dear Parents,

For the next few weeks in science and language the students will be researching energy issues facing our world today. The culmination of this research will be a debate between homerooms.

The students will be researching issues centered on fossil fuel, alternative energy, and nuclear energy. They will prepare arguments for both sides of the issue

, and at the end will be told which side of the issue they will debate.


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The advantages of debates

  • Debating Teaches Many Essential Skills

    Using debates in the classroom can help students grasp many essential critical thinking and presentation skills. Among the skills classroom debates can foster are:

    * abstract thinking* analytical thinking* citizenship/ethics/etiquette* clarity* cross-examination/questioning* point of view* distinguishing fact from opinion* identifying bias* language usage* organization* personal vs. political values* persuasion* public speaking* research* teamwork/cooperation* many more!* students love debating

    http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson304.shtml


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Title of this year’s debate

Considering population growth, the increasing energy demand world wide, and the environmental degradation that occurs with power production, should some of the additional energy demands be derived by bringing more nuclear power plants on line?


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Major research topics for the energy debates

  • Nuclear physics and radiation

  • Waste disposal

  • Transportation

  • Fuel supply, mining, and processing

  • Safety

  • Environmental footprint

  • Fuel reprocessing

  • Nuclear proliferation

  • Containment

  • Location

  • Issues involved in fossil fuel development - such as global warming, acid rain, particulates, nonrenewable resources

  • Issues involved in alternative energy development


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Research – Internet and libraryBe aware of bias and incorrect information, especially from the Internet.

A SMALL SAMPLE OF POSSIBLE RESEARCH SITES

  • ABC's of Nuclear Science http://www.lbl.gov/abc/

  • http://www.physics.isu.edu/radinf/train.htm#k-12

  • Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/

  • The Nuclear Energy Institute http://www.nei.org/

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionhttp://www.nrc.gov/

  • Yucca Mountain Project www.ymp.gov/

  • State of Nevada www.silver.state.nv.us/

  • Idaho National Laboratory http://www.inl.gov/

  • http://www.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power.htm

  • http://www3.iptv.org/exploremore/energy/Teacher_Resources/webquests.cfm

  • http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/nuclear

  • http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/issues/nuclear-energy-&-waste/start/fact-sheet_ne&w.htm

  • http://www.sustainabilityinstitute.org/dhm_archive/index.php

  • www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/issues/fossil_fuels/index.html - 16k -

  • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/

  • http://www.ieer.org/pubs/highlvl1.html High-Level Dollars, Low-Level Sense:

  • http://www.sierraclub.org/nuclearwaste/yucca_factsheet.asp



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Tasks to be completed while teams

are doing research

  • Assign sides

  • Select captains

  • Assign subtopics

  • Develop persuasive writing skills

  • Continue research

  • Pull together main points

  • Create posters and/or PowerPoints

  • Fine tune public speaking

  • Provide debate format

  • Practice debating skills


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Debate Rubrichttp://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/03/lp304-01.shtml


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Lincoln/Douglas Debate Format (Team format lower on page)

1AC (first Affirmative Constructive) – 7 minutesA good introduction that attracts the audiences attention and interest in the topicClearly state the resolutionClearly state each of your contentions    Support with reason and evidenceConclude effectively

Cross Ex of the Aff by the Neg – 3 minutesYou ask questions – have a strategy or at the very least a direction to your questioningBe courteousFace the audience

1NC (first Negative Constructive) – 8 minutesA good introduction that attracts the audiences attention and interest in the topicClearly state the Negative’s position on the topicClearly state the Negative’s Observations    Support with reason and evidenceAttack and question the Affirmative’s Contentions/evidenceConclude effectively

Cross Ex of the Negby the Aff – 3 minutes  You ask questions – have a strategy or at the very least a direction to your questioningBe courteousFace the audience


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Rebuttal Speeches – No new arguments are allowed – new evidence, analysis is ok

1AR (first Affirmative Rebuttal) - 4 minutesRespond to the Neg Observations – show how they are not as strong/relevant as the Aff ContentionsRebuild the Aff case

NR (Negative Rebuttal) – 7 minutesRespond to latest Affirmative argumentsMake your final case to the audience that the Neg position is superior to the AffTry and convince the audience the Aff has failed to carry the burden of proofSummarize the debate and conclude effectively and ask for the audience to agree with the Neg position

2AR (second Affirmative Rebuttal) – 4 minutesRespond to final Negative argumentsSummarize the debate and show the audience how the Aff position is superior – and the Aff has     carried the burden of proofConclude effectively.


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Debates evidence, analysis is ok

Debates

Please join us on

Tuesday,

December 20th

from 6:30-8:00 P.M.

for our debate over current energy issues.

Friends and family are welcome!

The debate will be held in the multipurpose room at

Target Range School.

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Please let us know if you can provide cookies or punch for the evening. Thank you. We are looking forward to seeing you Tuesday evening!

Ms. Hatch and Mr. Litz

I will bring cookies.

I will provide punch.


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Last Minute Details evidence, analysis is ok

  • Judges

  • Location

  • Dress code

  • Sound system

  • Programs

  • Refreshments

  • Judging forms

    Enjoy the process and results


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Let’s try our debating skills evidence, analysis is ok

Topic 1

Should spent nuclear fuel be reprocessed?

Topic 2

Nuclear waste disposal