Course Activity- Presenting Facts on Climate Change

Task 1

Planning and  Creating a Presentation

In this  activity,  you will use presentation software to create a 10-slide  presentation   describing the causes and e  ects of climate change. Assume that your  audience is skeptical about the world’s changing climate. Include data on the current causes of climate change in the presentation. You can  also  choose to deliver a 4- to 5-minute speech using the slides from your  presentation. The speech is optional based on directions from your  teacher.

Follow these steps to complete your research and planning. This guide about the   research  process  can  help.

Part A

Your presentation should make a convincing argument that human activity  is the major cause of climate change. Your presentation should answer some of these questions:

What  is climate?

How is Earth’s climate changing?

What  are the natural and human factors that a   ect climate?

How do scientists know  that human activity  is the major force behind climate change? What  evidence do scientists have that climate is changing?

Write down two additional questions you have about climate change that will help you make this  argument in your  presentation.


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Part B

When making a science presentation, look for credible sources. Some websites present information as evidence that has not  been scienti cally proven. You must be able to identify reliable sites so that the data in your  presentation is credible.

Use sources that end in .edu (school and college websites) and .gov (government websites). Use .org or .com  sites only if they are reliable. Sometimes students, not  scientists, write content for .edu websites. Because the content might not  be checked by scientists, read any

.edu website carefully to    nd out  whether it is reliable. When you review a source, ask yourself these questions:

Who authored the article?

Is the author a scienti  c expert in climate change? What  is the purpose of the article?

Does the article state facts that can  be proven by evidence, or is it made up of opinions? When was  the article written?

Do other credible sources support the statements in this  article? Which scienti  c studies support the information in the article?

Now    nd 2–3 credible websites that you can  use to    nd information for your  presentation. Write them down. They can  be e-books, magazines, websites, and so on. Also, write  down 1–

2 sentences for each source explaining how  the source will help you. You will   nd some websites in the Resource section of this  activity.  Show  how  you will cite the sources in a works cited page at the end of your  presentation using MLA (Modern Language Association)

  citation methods  .


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Part C

In a separate location, take notes from the sources you have identi ed. This might take place over  two or more days. The notes will provide the details for your  presentation. While taking notes, consider using these reading strategies . From  your  notes, select one piece of

evidence that indicates that Earth’s climate is changing. Write it in the space provided.


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Part D

Create an outline to organize your  presentation. Write the outline for your  presentation in the space provided. You can  organize your  presentation any way you think  is best. Following these guidelines for writing  a      ve-paragraph essay  is a good idea. Be sure to account for the claim  you’re making in your  introduction, and include a works cited page at the end.

Remember, you just  need to structure your  10-slide presentation now.  You’re not  creating the presentation yet.


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Part E

An audio-visual presentation uses pictures and words to present information. Here are some tips  for using audio and video  most e  ectively:

Limit the amount of text  on slides. Insert key words or phrases to highlight your  points instead of typing your  entire speech on the slides and making them look cluttered.  You don’t want to lose  the audience’s attention.

Use pictures instead of words when possible. Depict information with representative gures, such as pictures, graphs, and charts, instead of huge blocks of text.

Fill in your  speaker’s notes. Presentation software includes a notes section where you

can  add what you want to say during your  presentation. You can  insert important details in your  slide  and save the rest of the information in the speaker’s notes section. Your speaker’s notes should clear enough that someone else  could deliver the presentation

to an audience without any problems. You must  ll out  your  speaker’s notes to get full credit for this  assignment.

List two to three audio, video,  or picture resources that you wish to use in your  presentation. Give a one-sentence summary of the contents.


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Part F

Using the materials you’ve gathered, create your  presentation. It should include about 10 slides and be 4 to 5 minutes long.  Be sure to proofread and revise your  writing  to catch any errors in grammar, spelling, logic, or organization. Add the speaker’s notes, and include a works cited page at the end to give credit to your  sources. Submit your  completed presentation along with this  activity  to your  teacher for evaluation.

If required by your  teacher, deliver your  presentation to an audience. Be sure to rehearse your  presentation before you deliver it, and ensure that you complete it within the time limits (4 to 5 minutes). When presenting, speak clearly  and maintain eye contact with your audience.

If your  teacher is unable to attend your  presentation, record it. PowerPoint enables you to record a video.  Submit the completed video  to your  teacher along with this  activity.


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