Great Energy Debate

This is a debate-style learning activity in which student teams learn about energy sources and are then assigned to represent the different energy sources. Working cooperatively, students develop arguments on the pros and cons of their source over the others.

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National Energy Education Development (NEED)

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

All of the items on the worksheets for each energy source are true facts - the debate is to determine if it's an advantage, disadvantage, or neither ("just a fact").

Ask older students to do their own research and include what information they find in the debate, rather than using the worksheets provided.

Have students respond individually to the four questions in Step 5 on a worksheet before leading a class discussion - this will provide the opportunity to individually assess each student.

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