Earthquake Case Studies: Scientific Details and Societal Impacts
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This lecture/lab activity will take place over 4-5 2 hour class periods. In this lecture/lab activity students will learn basics of earthquakes through direct instruction and guided inquiry projects, participate in a small group project investigating details of earthquake events that had a large global impact, read articles on the local impacts, attend talks from people who have visited earthquake ravaged countries (like Haiti, Japan and Sumatra) and write reflective essays discussing issues of social and environmental justice relative to earthquake events.
Intended outcomes include:
Students will gain content knowledge on earthquake basics;
Students will gain knowledge of a specific large earthquake event including geologic and tectonic details, seismic hazards, social and economic impacts;
Students will gain perspective on social and environmental justice issues related to inequity of earthquake impacts.
Higher-order thinking skills practices during activity: critical thinking about inequities related to impact of large earthquake events; synthesis of data on single, large earthquake events.
Other skills developed during activity: Internet research skills, technology skills such as using Google Earth, making websites and connecting websites to Google Earth, communication skills, group working skills.
Environmental justice/social justice connection: This activity stretches the definition of environmental justice towards the larger lens of social justice. Students will be exposed to the inequitable impacts of earthquakes on at-risk populations that may also include minority populations, individuals of lower socioeconomic position and women.
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Group presentations will be graded based on organization of the presentation (10 pts). Individual grades will be based on the information, organization and presentation of your specific role in the project (20 pts).
Individual writing products will be graded based on writing and grammar proficiency and depth of content. This will be due on the day of the online quiz and included in your quiz grade.