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Coastal Resource Debate
This is an activity in which students role-play and present arguments to decide the fate of a fictional town's only bay. The debate is intended to stimulate each participant to delve deeply into the facts of the issue and develop articulate and persuasive ways of presenting the information. At the end of this activity students will be able to identify and discuss the problems associated with sound management of coastal resources. The site has all of the information required for the activity including roleplaying assignments, point of view cards, and a rubric for grading the activity.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Environmental science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright College Entrance Examination Board. All rights reserved. All Rights Reserved Copyright 2002 The Environmental Literacy Council.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-447
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Environmental Literary Council'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Anne Maben
Los Angeles County Office of Education

Publisher: The Environmental Literacy Council