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Monday, May 02, 2011

Assignment: The Green Debate

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

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

Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.

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

 

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

 

 

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