Name: ______________________________________ Date: ________________________
Researching Climate Change – Part 2
Learning Target: Construct an argument evaluating contributions to the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Letter to the Editor
Imagine that you are writing a letter to the editor of a national newspaper to persuade people to reduce their carbon footprint. Use information from your research in Part 1 of this assignment to support your argument. Your letter should include the following:
· An introduction that includes an explanation of climate change over the last century
· At least 3 pieces of evidence that supports the climate change theory
· At least 2 suggestions of how people can make a difference with explanations of how these actions can help reduce the carbon footprint
· A conclusion that summarizes the information presented
Be sure to compare your letter to the grading rubric below before submitting.
|Introduction||Letter includes an introduction with a detailed explanation of how the Earth’s climate has changed over the last century.||Letter includes an introduction with a vague explanation of how the Earth’s climate has changed over the last century.||Letter includes an introduction, but no explanation of climate change is present.||No introduction is present.|
|Evidence||Letter includes 3 pieces of supporting evidence||Letter includes 2 pieces of supporting evidence||Letter includes 1 pieces of supporting evidence.||Letter does not include supporting evidence.|
|Suggestions||Letter includes 2 suggestions of how readers can reduce their carbon footprint with an explanation of how their actions can help.||Letter includes only 1 suggestion with an explanation of how their action can help OR 2 suggestions without any explanation.||Letter includes only 1 suggestion with no explanation.||Letter does not include any suggestions of how to help reduce the carbon footprint.|
|Conclusion||Letter includes a conclusion that effectively summarizes the information presented.||Letter includes a conclusion that somewhat summarizes the information presented.||Letter includes a conclusion.||A conclusion is not present.|
|Mechanics||There are few to no errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar present.||There are some errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar||There are several errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.||There are many errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.|