Using a video as an introduction to the unit, many aspects of global warming and climate change are brought to the forefront. This is a heated debate in our society, so why not debate it in class? We do. Students break into groups for and against the idea humans must work to solve global warming right now. Both groups are provided the same informational resources in class and the rules for class debates. After the debate, students write a reaction and personal opinion paper about global warming.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Earth Science
  • Science > General Science
  • Science > Meteorology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-08-24.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This excellent middle school activity uses the film “An Inconvenient Truth” to lead into a class debate on the need for immediate action towards global warming. After watching the film and discussing some notes, students will split into debate groups according to their current views. This resource contains references to national (USA) standards, a rationale, a detailed procedure, as well as all notes, handouts and assessments necessary for the activity. Pedagogy is clear throughout the resource. Student debate roles are clearly defined, and the included assessment is aligned with the expectations of the activity. This resource is engaging, timely, and immediately useful in the classroom.

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