Students often misunderstand the relationship between cause and effect when reading a text unless the two words appear on the same line. They seem to have difficulty digging out information and applying it as a cause (what makes something happen) or effect (the results of something happening). This unit should give them some practice in telling one from the other.
This handout can be distributed to the students as the basis for their outlining and writing practice. It explains climate change and global warming. Material necessary for completing the outlines and paragraphs can be found in this selection.
STUDENT GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
The student graphic organizer allows students to record notes from the selection. It can be used prior to completing the outline organizer or used as an alternate mode of organizing their thoughts.
STUDENT GRAPHIC ORGANIZER - teacher’s copy
This completed graphic organizer should be used for teacher reference only.
ORGANIZING OUTLINE - CAUSES OF GLOBAL WARNING
This outline allows students to list possible causes of global warming using the reading selection. It includes sections for adding details and writing notes on topic and conclusion.
ORGANIZING OUTLINE - POPULATION AND GLOBAL WARMING
This outline allows students to explore the effect of world population growth on global warming using the reading selection. It includes sections for adding details and writing notes on topic and conclusion.
This page might be placed on the back of the Organizing Outline. Students could then be allowed to choose whether to write a paragraph which relates the causes of global warming or one which explores the relationship of population growth to global warming. The handout contains a lined form for writing the paragraph and a rubric for grading it. While a rubric isn’t required, it is always a good idea. It helps the students understand what is being asked of them and keeps the student and teacher honest. Be sure to leave enough points for each item of a rubric to allow for variations in how well a student might meet the requirement.
Another handy addition to the Write On series from CK Teaching Aids. These lessons are designed to provide an organizational approach to critical writing preparation and function. They allow teachers of all disciplines to teach writing skills that will enhance students ability to adequately address essay questions for tests and other projects.