Web Page Simulation:
Ø This lesson is adaptable for secondary grade levels. It covers topics in History, Geography and Government. It will be necessary to provide web space for your students. Consult with your school technology staff to have this ready. If web technology is not available in your area, the same project can be completed in a variety of ways: a report and poster presentation, a classroom debate or student-made video documentary.
Ø To understand the impact of dams on western waterways and on the Colorado Plateau.
Ø To identify the roles of geography, history, ecology and politics on the dam and water issues.
Ø To compare and contrast different points of view on the Glen Canyon Dam issue.
Ø To write a persuasive argument and debate effectively (Students should be warned that they may be on a side that they personally disagree with; however, the best debaters often take the opposite side)
Grade Level/Subject Area
Ø Civics and Government
Ø Student Handout
Ø Glen Canyon Resources from NAU Special Collections website http://archive.library.nau.edu/cdm/glencanyon/
Ø Photographs from NAU Special Collections and Archives website
(There can be more than one group researching each side)
Sample Student Handout
Imagine you work for an advertising company and hired to publicize Glen Canyon Dam. Your job now is to create an effective webpage to support your client's cause, whether it is for or against the dam. Both sides (for or against) will be assessed on the same criteria.
Criteria: Your page must be comprehensive, and include all sides of the issue. After all, you don't want your competitors to win the next contract. Remember, your report, charts, graphs and maps (which will be included as hyperlinks) are of your creation. Do not simply link to someone else's information. Constructing your own web page information shows your client that you took the time to research their cause.
An annotated bibliography for each team is required.
Aspects that must be included:
Reasons for the creation of
People and History: Include information about the
impact on local Native American tribes. What is their overall view of the
dam? What say did they have in the dam's construction? Your page
should also have a short section of early explorers of the
· Ecological Impact: What do both sides say about the ecology? Which argument does your "company" support?
Present Day Uses of
Forecast for the Future: What does the future hold for water
issues in the southwest? Is the dam in danger of breaching? How
Extra Credit: You may also add similar
information about The Hoover Dam and
· Summary: Your report should be persuasive. Your goal is to convince the user of your web page that your side is correct.
Resources for your team:
Visit Cline Library…NAU Special Collections has a wealth of information in the library archives…Political aspects: Edward Abbey, political protests, interview with the Bureau of Reclamation.
Glen Canyon Resources from NAU Special Collections website http://archive.library.nau.edu/cdm/glencanyon/
Upon completing this assignment, students will be able to:
Ø Create their own population chart, historical timeline
Ø Write an analysis of ecological diversity and political points of view.
Ø Complete an annotated bibliography to show appropriate citations and breadth of research.
Create a usable, informational and persuasive web page, depicting
various sides of the
This lesson correlates to the
1SS-P2. Demonstrate knowledge of research sources and apply appropriate research methods, including framing open-ended questions, gathering pertinent information, and evaluating the evidence and point of view contained within primary and secondary sources.
1SS-P18. Apply the skills of
historical analysis to current social, political, geographic, and economic
issues facing the
3SS-P3. Analyze how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns and characteristics of human populations, interdependence, and cooperation and conflict, with emphasis on:
3SS-P4. Analyze the interactions between human activities and the natural world in different regions, including changes in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of natural resources, with emphasis on: