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UNSW : UNSW Atmosphere Study Guide
Atmosphere Study Guide 35 Summarising & inquiring activity [Task] Below are a series of discussion questions in the form of a questioning toolkit. Choose some or all of the questions, or ask some of your own. Write your ideas and opinions relating to each of the different types of questions. Inspired by Jamie McKenzie’s Questioning Toolkit - McKenzie, Jamie (2000) Beyond Technology, FNO Press, Bellingham, Washington, USA (www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit.html). Type of question Your ideas and opinions Essential questions These are the most important and central questions. They probe the deepest issues that confront us and can be difficult to answer. Questions: How does the atmosphere help us survive on Earth? What exactly do we mean when we talk about ‘the weather’? What is the greenhouse effect? What are the greenhouse gases? Where is the ozone layer and what caused the hole in it? Sifting and sorting questions These questions take us to the heart of the matter, like an archaeologist digging for clues. Questions: What do the different layers of the atmosphere do? What kinds of things affect the weather we experience? How do you define what a ‘severe storm’ is? Why is too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere a problem? How can we reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? What is the Montréal Protocol and what did it do for the atmosphere? Hypothetical questions Questions designed to explore the possibilities, the ‘what ifs?’ They are useful when we want to test our hunches. Questions: What if we didn’t have an atmosphere? What will happen in the future if the planet heats up a couple of degrees? What if the Montréal Protocol had not been put in place? Provocative questions Questions to challenge convention. Questions: Do we look after our atmosphere enough? How does the greenhouse effect help us? Who should pay for damage caused by severe storm events? Are astronauts putting themselves in danger when they go outside the protection of the Earth’s atmosphere? Explain (summarising)