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Cosmos 1980 Episode XIII: Who Speaks for Earth?

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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Question sets and answer keys to accompany Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Episode XIII, "Who Speaks for Earth?," which is Sagan’s closing argument: his advocacy for humans becoming Citizens of the Cosmos. There was a nice article in November, 2017 issue of WIRED magazine titled "Twenty Years After His Death, Carl Sagan Is Still Right".

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  • Running time (from start to beginning of credits) printed at the top
  • A heavy font ensures high legibility even in dim lighting
  • Questions are designed to be answered while the video plays—quick, simple responses keep students engaged without requiring deep reflection that would take them out of the presentation
  • Question types are mixed: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, check lists, and short answer are common; in some cases, matching or list-making.
  • Certain moments in a documentary merit undivided attention. No questions have been placed in those moments.
  • "Play to the buzzer": Whenever possible, the last question in the set is answered during the last minute of the video.
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Print-friendly Google Docs Update (Summer 2021): The documents for this lesson were originally created to be printed and photocopied for classroom use. When the pandemic forced instruction to be remote, the documents were quickly recreated in Google Docs format. When instruction migrated into hybrid models, another redesign was called for: print-friendly Google Docs.

The student Google Docs file linked to in this product is suitable for use as Google Docs AND for printing and photocopying. My priority is to redesign the student documents first. The answer keys will remain as PDFs for the immediate future.

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2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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