Submission of your real world product

The target for completing your project is End of Class Friday.  For those students with a solid first draft of their work (around 800 words), the due date may be extended beyond the End of Class.  Given that you’ve had three hours of in-class time by then to generate work, I’m sure you’re close to that.  Thank Eugene for the extension.  [and remember, it only applies to those students who have quality effort to show for themselves.  Those without a rough draft will be submitting work by the end of class.]

If you’re ready to edit today, consider this rubric for the project: Climate Change Project Rubric .  Once you’ve read your own work and you are ready to submit it, feel free to send it to under the Climate Change Project.  It is best to have one member of your group upload the document – but please make sure that you save the document with each students’ name in the title of the document so that I can see who is in your group.


Real World Project

For this project, you will be working in groups attempting to come up with a solution to the challenge posed by global warming.  Your project will include three prominent roles – a natural scientist, an ethicist, and a human scientist.  In this project, you can be a group of three or four students.  Your task is to:

  1. identify a specific threat to our environment
  2. determine the source of any duty or obligation to the environment
  3. explain and promote specific strategies for ending the threat

With this in mind, your group members should work collaboratively to argue for a specific solution to a specific problem.  You will have students assume roles:

  • the natural scientist will explain the harm to the environment and how scientific certainty is determined about what is causing this harm
  • the ethicist(s) will determine what, if any, duty or obligation we have to: the environment, the current human population, any future human population, all sentient beings on the planet, or all life forms on the planet.  In addition, ethicists should consider the potential harm(s) with inaction.  Here is one argument to consider.
  • the human scientist will explain the best solution to the problem and consider the implications of this solution.  Additionally, they will explore the rationale behind the strategy to affect change – should government play a role?

As an overview:

  • groups of 3 or 4 students will create a cohesive product
  • individual authors will produce around 800 words each (individual authorship)
  • the ToK rubric will apply (though WoKs and AoKs are less significant here)
  • the written product will be due in hard copy and by Friday End of Class
  • all products will be researched and include a works cited

On Monday:

  • students will determine groups, roles
  • students will brainstorm topics for the project
  • students will create initial thesis statements for group and subgroups
  • students will determine what they need to research

On Tuesday:

  • there will be a cart in class
  • Mr. B will share with you an expert source
  • with the remaining time, you will be working on research

On Wednesday:

  • there will be a cart in class

On Thursday:

  • there will be a cart in class

On Friday:

  • there will be a cart in class
  • your written project will be due in hard copy and on