Guiding Thought Question: What is the most effective way for citizens to have their opinions heard by the government? Explain your thinking.
Today's Learning Objective: Students will learn about the different methods through which citizens can participate in the American political process, and then practice by contacting a representative regarding an issue the feel is important.
Central Question: How can American citizens more directly get involved in the process of American Government and protecting the environment? (1.1.b, 1.2.a)
Guiding Thought Question: Look over the slogan of the National Parks Service (as inscribed on the gate to Yellowstone National Park), and explain how the slogan relates to the purpose of protecting lands and environmental conservation in general.
Today's Learning Objective: Students will examine how conservation is connected to the rights of citizenship by looking at how the preservation of land benefits people, and how they can be influential in the political process.
Central Question: In what ways is the U.S. Government of the people? by the people? and for the people? (1.2.c)
1. Which of O'Hara's arguments for the preservation of the environment do you most self-identify with? Explain how he sees it, and how that applies to you? Explain which of O'Hara's arguments against action that he identifies do you see as the biggest obstacle to overcome to achieve actual change?
2. To what extent is Climate Change a governmental problem? How can it possibly connect to a wider societal issue of Nature Deficit Disorder? Read the Metz article and make a suggestion on how to address the issue.
Honors: What steps has the United States take at the International, national, and state level to address climate issues? Using information from the Grossman article identify the area (International, national, or state) where you believe the United States is most lacking, explain the reasoning for it, and then steps that can be taken to remedy the shortcomings.
Guiding Thought Question: In American Politics, special interests groups are able to raise money to support political candidates who share their beliefs and values. What do you think about the process of large groups and corporations being able to directly aid politicians? Explain your ideas.
Today's Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain what interest groups are, and how they use lobbyists to achieve their political goals.
Guiding Thought Question: What is something that you can do on your own to address global climate change? What is the most effective way to address it as individuals?
Today's Learning Objective: Students will learn the different methods that individuals have taken to address scientific issues. Students will watch videos associated with methods that individuals took, and answer a series of questions about them.
Environmental Policy Class Forum
Welcome to the Forum! Here is where you will be answering your daily warm-up questions. Please do not enter your last name for privacy reasons, and you may use a nickname if you would like (Just make sure Mr. Tredinnick is aware of the nickname you are using). Write out thoughtful responses to the forums on the days they are assigned. If you miss a day please take it upon yourself to complete the Forum you missed. Each Forum has the targeted Learning Objective(s) there so you can see what the focus of the day's class will be.