Grade 10 (secondary school)
Teachers should be able to conduct the lesson in one or two classes.
Students will assess economic, environmental and other contemporary impacts of globalization by considering the benefits and challenges associated with the use of biomass fuel.
Northwest Territories – Social Studies 10-1 Perspectives on Globalization
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- define biomass fuel;
- identify the role of forest products in the production of biomass fuel;
- identify the role of waste wood (i.e. from construction) as biomass fuel;
- analyze political and economic challenges and opportunities of globalization;
- explore multiple perspectives regarding the relationship among people, the land and globalization;
- evaluate actions and policies associated with globalization that impact the environment (land and resource use, resource development agreements, environmental legislation);
- analyze multiple perspectives on sustainability and prosperity in a globalizing world.
A Northwest Territories community on the fringe of the boreal forest strikes a task force to examine the possibility of converting to biomass fuel generation as it faces rising costs and other logistical challenges in supplying traditional fossil fuels to its community.
The following elements of the lesson may be used to assess students:
- research summary guide – research sources, identify main points;
- one page position paper – support opinions with facts, succinctly written, clearly stated and argued;
- one minute presentation to council.