Conspiracy Theories: Uncovering the Truth (3-Part Research Project PLUS Debate)

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If you’ve turned on the news lately, stood in line at the grocery store and browsed the magazines, or surfed the internet, then you know that conspiracy theories are everywhere! Some of the theories are so intriguing, we read further or turn up the volume. Others are so outrageous that we laugh in disbelief! How can we possibly separate fact from fiction when the media can be so convincing?

Some of the oldest conspiracy theories are still circulating today, from Bigfoot and alien sightings, to the “faked” moon landing and rumors that Elvis is still alive! In this 3-part research project, Conspiracy Theories: Uncovering the Truth (research outline, paper, and slideshow presentation) plus optional debate, your 9th-12th grade students can try to get to the bottom of some of the wildest conspiracy theories and decide for themselves what is real and what is fake.

This is a FUN project that your students will enjoy. Although there is a timed debate format, they will want to debate these conspiracy theories for hours!

Included in 11-Page PDF file:

-Teacher’s Notes & Table of Contents

-What is a conspiracy theory? Information & Topic List

-Info Sheet and Project Requirements

-Research Outline

-MLA Works Cited Page Format & In-Text Citations

-Project Grading Rubric

-Debate Formats (1 VS. 1 & 2 VS. 2)

-Peer Debate Round Notes & Voting Ballot

*The basics of MLA format are explained in this project and assessed on the grading rubric. You may implement a different format if you’d like.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use varied transitions and sentence structures to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.


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