The survey results to the question of what do you believe about global warming is as follows:

Survey analysis:
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We are going to research and discuss this issue. It is not to convert you to one viewpoint or lecture you like a textbook (or like you are used to). It is to prove a few points I believe are very important (there is no hidden agenda here).

First is that the purpose of school to provide information for the masses is no longer true. Today, information is abundant and the half-life of knowledge is amazingly short. Finding and utilizing the information is an important skill. (I am here to put it in perspective and help with the tough stuff).

Secondly, it is possible to gather the information, discuss it and come to logical conclusions. In The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki states that a large and diverse group working collectively makes better decisions and recognizes what is best better than a single individual can. (You should follow the link to learn when crowd decisions are good and when they are more like a herd mentality). Before you think that it is what your parents and elected leaders should be doing, the unfortunate reality today is that partisan values get in the way. What is partisan? It is the organization of political parties. They have a place but they have no place in actual decision making (by the way, the creation of this country was non-partisan). Most of our problems would be solved if the discussions were non-partisan. How do we do this? It is okay to ask questions and be a dissenter. Reason, logic, clarity, dissent, civility, and debate (view a you tube talk by Richard Dreyfus) are all non-partisan tools that allow for honest, actual discussion and resolution. In the case of global warming, the first thing you must do is forget about Al Gore. His name alone brings partisan attitudes ablaze. After all, this issue has been talked about since 1970. He just brought it in front of more people.

Third, it is my hope for you to be a life long learner. Not what you have to for a class or a test, but for anything that impacts your life in a small way, requires a decision or opinion, etc. We will be practicing this.

THE ASSIGNMENT

1. Divide into groups of 4-6 people. You will each claim a wiki page below. Type the names of those in your group on the page.
2. For about 15-20 minutes, discuss guidelines for the discussions. Each person must come up with at least one guideline. Perhaps the best way to do this would be to list what you would expect to read in a person's discussion which is really well done (or what a poor discussion is missing that would make it more credible). Discuss things you would need to see, ways it should be written, etc. Create a list and place on the wiki page (put your name after your guideline).
3. For the rest of the time, use an inspiration template to research both sides of the global warming issue. You may be a little heavier on one side of the issue at first, but need to find equal information for both. You may already have a viewpoint, but for true debate, both sides must be researched. Open Inspiration 8 from your dock. Choose Templates, then choose Thinking Skills, then Opinion Proof.ist.
Use this template to keep track of general information. Keep track of your links as your discussions later this week require you to link to these references. You will work collectively on this document.
4. Maintain a word document that holds more detailed information and your links. Each person does this.
5. Save the Inspiration 8 file in more than one place. When the Inspiration 8 document is done (you have 2 periods to do this), we will convert it to an image. With the document open, Choose export under the file drop down menu. Then choose the graphics tab. Choose JPEG from the dropdown menu. Add the image created to your wiki page.
6. Fill out the progress report with what each person did and discuss what each person will do for homework. Turn in at end of period.



Group pages:
5A
5B
5C
5D
5E
5F
5G
7A
7B
7C
7D
7E