Science & Society



  1. Essential Question = What is the evidence and reasoning behind claims made about climate change?
    1. CLAIM
  2. Practice: Take notes on the claims and evidence made/presented in the following two videos. Be sure to write down the claims made (all of them) and to list the evidence used to prove the claims.
    1. Are Electric Cars Actually Better for the Environment?
    2. Why Tesla’s “Powerwall” Battery Is Amazing
  3.  Article: Read this article and mark / underline significant text. When you are done reading and marking, answer the three questions (completely) at the end of the packet.
    1. Scientific American: Electric Cars Are Not Necessarily Clean
  4. Decide on a claim you want to explore related to climate change. Do independent research on your specific claim, such as “climate change is a hoax” or “space travel and colonizing Mars is our only hope.” Remember to:
    • Take notes on your sources. You should find a minimum of three good sources.
    • Write down the name and web address of your source so you can properly cite your sources!
  5. Technical Writing Template (Assignment Formatting & Expectations)
    1. Position Paper


  1. Check Synergy
  2. Current Events: The Great Green Wall of Africa
    1. Please read this article. We will use it to get the week started.
  3. Research and Technical Writing: A Template for Technical Reports. 
    1. Choose: Type or Write
    2. Put your name and proper heading at the top of your document. Proper headings are located in the upper right-hand corner of documents/pages and include:
      1. First and last name
      2. The date (February 12, 2018)
      3. School name
      4. 4j student ID
    3. Put the title of the assignment at the top of the document.
    4. Choose a claim to explore. Make sure claims are expressed very clearly.
      1. Climate change is a hoax.
      2. Oceans will become so acidic that nothing will be able to live.
      3. Electric cars are not more efficient than gas powered cars.
      4. Space travel and colonizing Mars is our only hope.
    5. Again, using complete sentences, write down three examples of evidence and facts that support (ideally prove) your claim. Turn each example of evidence into a complete sentence. These sentences will be your topic sentences for paragraphs 2-4. Finally, for each bit of evidence, please mention the source.
    6. For each of your three evidence-based paragraphs, write several sentences that explain to your reader how the evidence and facts support your main claim.


  • Write a conclusion paragraph for your Claim, Evidence, Reasoning paper. 
    • It is important to have a solid conclusion. The final paragraph is the last chance you have to make an impression on your reader. The goal of your conclusion isn’t to introduce any new ideas, but to summarize up everything you’ve written AND offer a position statement. What is your final opinion related to the claim you examined? Your conclusion should accomplish three major goals:
      • Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement
      • Summarize the three subpoints of your essay
      • Leave the reader with an interesting final impression.
    • As you write, think about what each sentence accomplishes within the paragraph. What sentence(s) restates the essay’s thesis statement? What sentence(s) summarizes the essay’s three subpoints? What sentence(s) leaves the reader with an interesting final impression? Does the paragraph contain a clear position statement?