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Alfred Wegener

Essential Question or Big Idea

How does the earth's surface change over time?

Focus Questions

What evidence did Alfred Wegener and others find to prove that the continents move slowly over time?

What have scientist discovered about the interior of the earth since Alfred Wegner time that shows how tectonic plates move?

What is the relationship between continental plates and earthquakes, volcanoes, and mid-ocean ridges?

You are to write a one page informational essay on the life of Alfred Wegener, his theory, and the importance of the theory to the history of the earth and the study of geology.

Expectations while your research:

·                Be sure to take notes as you review the web pages, and make sure you put the number of each of the websites next to the note.

·                You must have a Works Cited at the end of your paper. This means that you need to keep track of the places that you get info

        You may not cut and paste information that is not yours, this is plagiarism.

Assigned  Websites

1.  http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/wegener.html (Alfred Wegener

2. http://www.learner.org/interactives/dynamicearth/index.html (Interactive learning site about the earth and plate tectonics)

3. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Continents.shtml (continental drift, Wegener, and animations)

4. http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/plates1.html    About plate tectonics4.

5. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/bowege.html     Alfred Wegener

  • Who is Alfred Wegener? (Mini Biography) (15 points)
  • What important theory did he discover? (15 points)
  • Describe this theory.  Tell me what it explained and how it is important to the geology of the Earth.( 20 points)
  • Describe the present day theory of Plate Tectonics in detail with information about how the plates move. (20 Points)
  • Draw and color a picture of this theory. Label the continents (10 points)
  • Works cited: Bibliography  (10 points)

Categorize each of your notes as Biographical, description of Wegners theory, proof of Wegners theory, characteristics of plate movement,

Below is an outline for and Exemplary Paper

 

Topic Sentence: (thesis statement)

Paragraph 1: Introduces the paragraph which explains why Alfred Wegner is important to our understanding of the earth. You might even put that during his time no one believed in his theory.

Body: (must include this information)

Paragraph 2: Alfred Wegener

Early childhood, family life, etc (personal information), education and schooling. Any interesting facts that you think will make your paper better.

Paragraph 3: What was Wegener’s Theory?

What evidence did he have that supported his theory?

Paragraph 4: What is the current theory of Plate tectonics?

Why is this theory important to the study of the history of the earth and geology?

Where do earthquakes, volcnoes, and mid-ocean ridges usually occur?

Conclusion

Paragraph 5: The conclusion should sum up your important main ideas.

Works Cited: This is the bibliographic information about where you got all of your information. You must have at least 3 sources of information.

 

How to make correct citations. 

Follow this form please!  Make sure that all of your citations are in alphabetical order.

 Book:  AUTHOR’S last name, TITLE (underlined) PLACE of publication, PUBLISHER, DATE of publication, PAGES used to get the information.

                 Apple, Victor, The Way They Play. New York. Dodd Mead and Company, 1982/ pp. 43-45

 Encyclopedia:  NAME of the article, NAME of the encyclopedia (underline).  YEAR .  VOLUME.  PAGES.

                  “Tides.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 1985. Vol. 22. pp/ 93-95

 Computer Programs:   TITLE (underline), Computer software company . Version number, PLACE of Company . YEAR. KIND of software (CD, disk, etc)

                 Math For Millions, International Math Council, Version 1.5, Chicago. 1999 CD rom.

 WWW:  Copy and paste the entire web address onto your paper.  Next to this, give a description of the cite;

                http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/bowege.html : The life of Alfred Wegener

 

Monday Question Grading Rubric- Alfred Wegener

Grade

Information

Sources

Conventions

A

Theory is stated.  Information is complete and presented without errors. Information is restated in students own words.   Picture is accurate and in color.

At least 3 sources are used to document information.  Sources are sited correctly at the end of your Monday Question. (books, internet sources, science book, encyclopedia, software)

3 or fewer errors in spelling grammar and punctuation

B

Theory is stated.  Information is complete and presented but may contain some errors.  Information is restated in students own words.   Picture is accurate and in color

At least 2 sources are used to document information.  Sources are sited correctly at the end of your Monday Question. (books, internet sources, science book, encyclopedia, software)

5 or fewer errors in spelling grammar and punctuation

C

Theory is stated.  Information is complete and presented but may contain some errors.  Information is restated in students own words.   Picture is accurate and in color

At least 1 source is used to document information. (Books, internet sources, science book, encyclopedia, software) Sources are sited correctly at the end of your Monday Question

7 or fewer errors in spelling grammar and punctuation

D

Theory is stated.  Information is not complete and may contain some errors.  Information is restated in students own words.   Picture is accurate and NOT in color

At least 1 source is used to document information. (Books, internet sources, science book, encyclopedia, software) Sources are sited correctly at the end of your Monday Question

10 or fewer errors in spelling grammar and punctuation

F

No Paper-  This is not acceptable, you will be asked to stay in at Lunch and after school until the Monday question is complete. 

By Russ Ewick

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