This is the written assessment of a 5-7 day unit on extinction and conservation, intended for an Environmental Science or Biology class. During this unit, students will: learn about the "Big 5" mass extinctions in earth's history; compare sources and evidence about past mass extinctions and our current extinctions; determine, based on evidence and differing scientific viewpoints, whether we are currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction; analyze new and innovative approaches to species conservation; and finally, write a 1-page persuasive paper advocating for one conservation approach. Resources are available as individual lessons or bundled.
This paper asks students to choose from four conservation approaches. The paper has three components:
- Part 1 must outline the current human impact on species and advance an opinion of whether we are experiencing a sixth mass extinction;
- Part 2 must present two of the conservation approaches that the student believes will not work or are not adviseable
- Part 3 advocates for the conservation approach they believe is most feasible and effective
In my class, students were given several sources to use, in addition to their classwork assignments from the previous four lessons, but many did independent research.