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Question of the Day: ANWR Drilling Policy

Question of the Day developed by William Prothero, University of California, Santa Barbara.

This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection

This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are

  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
  • Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
  • Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page

For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.

This page first made public: Jun 22, 2004


This activity askes students to examine two policy positions regarding drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a part of the interplay between science and politics. The students also determine their viewpoint on the issue and share/defend it with their peers.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This Question of the Day is appropriate for High School and Lower Division Undergraduate science classes of a wide range of sizes.

Teaching Notes and Tips

The author's calculations yield the following:

Teaching Materials

ANWR Drilling Policy Debate (Acrobat (PDF) 118kB Jun16 04) Activity Sheet and Reading


In the author's classes, the students turn in their answers to be graded by teaching assistants.

References and Resources

Question of the Day is a method used by Dr. William Prothero in his Oceanography Course (more info) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For tips and information about using Questions of the Day as well as additional examples, see the Qustion of the Day page which is part of the Starting Point: Interactive Lectures Module.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ( This site may be offline. ) - This is the US Fish and Wildlife Service website for ANWR. There is much information available here as well as many links to other sites.

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Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Fossil Fuels, Efficiency and Energy Conservation, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Petroleum/Coal Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Quantitative Skills: Problem Solving, Units and Unit Conversions, Arithmetic/Computation
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Sedimentary Geology

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