How Environmental Science Fits into the Nature of Science Instructions
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How Environmental Science Fits into the Nature of Science Instructions
- Choose any 4 of the following 8 questions and answer all parts in an essay format. Each answer should be at least ½ to 1 page of writing
- You are welcome to use notes from the reading of “The Story of More” & “Healing Earth”
- Also, you can use any other scientific literature, other textbooks, the internet, etc. However,every answer must be in your own words.
*When you cite scientific primary sources be sure to include: Author, Title, Year of Publication, Journal Title and Pages.
**For all other sources include (links, author names, website names and any corporation/funding names)
- Define environmental science. Explain what environmental scientists study and why. Discuss how environmental science fits into the nature of science, but also how it might relate to ethics and spirituality. Finally, describe some of the most pressing environmental concerns that scientists are addressing today and give a quick summary of the events that got us to this point.
- In class, we weighed the pros and cons of the GMO Golden Rice. Choose another GMO crop and explain the pros and cons of this crop. Use at least two primary scientific articlesand make sure that all your other sources are reliable (or at least address their biases in your discussion of the pros and cons). Finally, chose a side and defend your choice. In your defense, explain what a GMO crop is. At the end of your answer, list your references.
- Explain why eating meat increases your carbon footprint more than eating fruits and vegetables. In your explanation include: energy flow through an ecosystem/food web/food chain, the difference between producers and consumers, and the main source of energy for our food.
- Explain why there is a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. In your explanation include: eutrophication, watersheds, and agricultural impacts. Also mention other potential factors/hypotheses that might be contributing to the Dead Zone. Propose at least three mitigation strategies to help control the major cause of the Dead Zone.
- Summarize America’s relationship with sugar and how it has changed (especially in the last half century). In this summary, discuss the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup. Finally discuss the health impacts of high fructose corn syrup: Is it worse than table sugar? In your discussion, use at least three scientific articlesthat support your answer. At the end of your answer, list your references.
- Explain how to properly compost food waste. In your explanation include a discussion of food waste in America and alternatives to throwing food waste into landfills. Also include a discussion of the pros and cons of composting, some of the challenges of composting, and the science behind it.
- Discuss the environmental impact of modern agricultural techniques (intense mechanization, irrigation, monoculture farming, pesticide use, fertilizers, and concentrated animal feeding operations). Explain sustainable agriculture and the potential of sustainable agricultural use in America.
- Reflect on what we have learned in our Food Unit. What have you taken away from our readings, in class activities and discussions? Do you connect food and ethics? If so, why, and how? How have the authors of our class readings affected your understanding of food’s environmental impact?
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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