Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Earthscience/biology Current Events extra credit format

You will choose an article or science related video of over 2 pages or 45 minutes on science current event. It will fall into one (or more) of these categories:

·       Scientific discovery – for example, scientists find comets may have delivered the water found in earth’s oceans.

·       Science-related event – for example, the Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant meltdown; the launch of a space probe.

·       A cultural change/happening that involves science/technology – for example, bicyclists’ clothing that can act as a radar gun to show drivers how fast they’re moving.

·       Science in public policy – for example, a bill or law that deals with science (cap on carbon emissions).

The article must be timely, meaning it’s been published within the past one/two months. Finally, technology articles are okay, but I will not accept any product announcements or reviews.

Create a write-up of your current event, summarizing the story and answering key questions. You will include a copy of the story you are citing or the golden page format for the video, movie or program.  

Science current events will:

Cite the news source, using the Oceana Golden page format for citations found on the Oceana website. Magazine Article:

Perlman, Jeff. “Sultan of Swat.” Sports Illustrated. 12 February 2001: 54-59.

Newspaper Article:

*  Taylor, Michael. “Potholes Scar Roads Across Region.” San Francisco Chronicle. 23 October 2005:

*  Give the title of the article, author’s name, and article date within the body of the summary.

*  Summarize the event in your own words, using complete sentences. Spelling and grammar count.

*  Your summary will answer the following questions:

·       Who/what is the subject of the story?

·       Where did it happen?

·       When did it happen?

·       How did it happen?

·       Why did the event happen, or why was the event important enough to make the news?

·       Why did you choose this article?

·       What did you learn from the article, and what are your thoughts about this event/issue?


·       How does this event affect the world or region where it occurred?

·       How does this discovery advance science?

·       What does the discovery/event mean for our society?

·       What does this discovery/event mean for future work/the environment/humanity/etc.?

·       If the story is about a law or policy, how does the policy or law affect science/society?

Below are several acceptable web sites and sources for science news stories. If you wish to use a source not listed below, please check with me first.

Popular Science

New Scientist (News)

Wired Science

New York Times (Science Times)

Discover Magazine

National Geographic (News)

BBC Science/Environment

NPR - Science News

Boing Boing (Science)


Good (Environment, Food, Health, Technology, Transportation)

The Guardian (UK) Science

Scientific American                                    (Often written for college level or higher)

Reuters Science

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