Fb The popular media play a part in providing information, setting the agenda and influencing opinion on issues involving science and technology.
Introduction This is one of two introductory activities to start the study of climate change.
There are certain to be topical stories about climate change at the time of teaching this topic. Articles on political arguments about international agreements, a hurricane, a flood, a drought or a dire warning on future climate can all serve to engage students in the issues.
Commentary on the activity
Students should be able to tackle this exercise with some confidence if they have completed any of the news related activities in the AS course:
You might ask students to find their story in advance of the first session. They can bring the stories to share with others in their group – or with the whole class.
Discussion of the stories covered by the students provide opportunities to examine the depth of their understanding of the issue of climate change at the start of the topic.
In the discussion encourage students to separate fact from conjecture and to examine the extent to which people in the media seek to manipulate public opinion.
Introduction The subject of climate change is so important that some aspect of the topic is for ever in the news. This activity gives you, and the rest of your class, the chance to discuss the main findings and issues being reported at the moment.
Find a topical news report, web page, podcast or video about some aspect of climate change. Choose an aspect of the subject that you find particularly interesting. The list of web sites suggested below offers a range of starting points. Read, watch or listen to the story.
Analyse the story:
What does the story tell you?
What is the source of the story and why is it being reported now?
Does the story cover some new science or a new technological development?
How much of the story is based on fact and how much is conjecture?
What are the social, economic or political implications of the story?
Is the person telling the story seeking to change public opinion?
Share the story and your analysis with others in your group or class – as suggested by your teacher.