Identify the Problem & Ask Questions
You will choose your professional role in the group:
Your team of scientists will refine a solution for reducing human impact on Earth systems.
Human Impact (Problem): Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Degradation
Possible Solutions (each student will be assigned one solution to research and refine):
- implement restrictions on fertilizer/pesticide use and residential or commercial lawns
- restrict the area of impervious cover (roads and parking lots) in surrounding areas
- require traps and filtering devices for runoff
Final Product: 4-5 Page Written Report
(Part A) Introduction (2 pages) must include:
- history of Chesapeake Bay area land use and how it has changed
- explanation of how to identify a healthy ecosystem versus an unhealthy ecosystem
- indicators of an unhealthy ecosystem
(Part B) Technical Report (2-3 pages)
- describe your refinement of the selected solution (your changes)
- explain how your solution will impact earth systems (using the provided template)
- construct an argument for why your refined solution is the best option
In addition, the report must include:
- at least 3 diagrams and/or pictures
- typed using Times New Roman,12 point
- double spaced
- at least 7 sources must be used
- bibliography (APA format)
- Locate and search appropriate resources
- Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
- Think of synonyms
- Use Boolean searching
- Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
- Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!
- Be creative
Some search terms to try:
- runoff OR "polluted runoff"
- drainage, "storm drains"
- "impervious surfaces"
- solution, prevention, mitigation
- impervious surfaces alternatives
- "sustainable landscaping"
Human Impact Videos
Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.
National Geographic Magazine, 1888-Current (Gale)
Gale Subscription Databases
Free Online Resources
Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.
- Who is providing the information?
- Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
- What is the purpose of the site?
- When was the site last updated?
- What is the possible bias?
BIBLIOGRAPHIES & CITATIONS
When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.
APA (American Psychological Association)
American Psychological Association (APA) style is most often used in the sciences and social sciences.