Plastic Straws: To ban or not to ban?

Introduction

Hello, students! In this WebQuest, you will become environmental experts. By exploring websites, articles, and videos, you will learn about the current debate going on in our society about the detrimental effects of plastic straws on animals and the environment. 

By the end of this WebQuest, you will be knowledgeable enough about this issue to inform others about the effects of plastic straws on animals and the environment. You will be able to answer the question, "should we ban plastic straws or not?" and will take a stance on the issue, attempting to persuade others of your position. 

Read on, environmentalists!

Task

During this WebQuest, you will fill out a graphic organizer with details to support each side of the debate. On the left side of the T-chart, you will write reasons that we should ban plastic straws. On the right side of the T-chart, you will write reasons that we should NOT ban plastic straws. Remember to include where you found each supporting fact.

After you have visited every website and filled out your graphic organizer, you will take a stance on the issue and attempt to persuade others to agree with you. You will create an infographic to support your position, listing at least five reasons why you think plastic straws should or should not be banned. This infographic will be posted on a class Padlet, where your classmates and the larger community will be able to comment on your infographic.

Please look at the "Evaluation" tab to see a rubric for your infographic. This is how you will receive your grade for the WebQuest. You will also submit your graphic organizer to show your completion of the WebQuest.

Process

1. Go to the following Google Doc to access the graphic organizer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N-kjjCzcrHEWtIXSC2ti0aGFK6zKevk-BM8RWt06LMo/edit?usp=sharing. You will fill this out with reasons to support each side of the debate as you visit the following websites. Remember to make a note of which website you found each supporting fact on.

2. Visit the following news site: https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/to-ban-or-not-to-ban-plastic-straws-and-the-call-to-get-rid-of-them. You may watch the video if you want, but it is not required. This article contains points for both sides of the debate.

3. https://thelastplasticstraw.org/ Explore the many tabs on this website to gather information about the no-straw movement.

4.Visit the following articles for more information:

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/plastic-straws-are-little-but-they-are-part-of-a-huge-problem/2018/09/07/63bfe44e-ac9f-11e8-b1da-ff7faa680710_story.html?utm_term=.bc12811ca878

https://psmag.com/environment/banning-straws-wont-save-the-oceans

https://www.fastcompany.com/90208207/why-starbucks-plastic-straw-ban-might-not-help-the-environment

5. Now that you have gathered information and filled out your graphic organizer, it's time to pick a side! Look at the facts and decide if you think plastic straws should be banned or not.

6. Create an infographic to support your position. You may consider using websites such as Canva or Piktochart. Make sure to look at the rubric under "Evaluation" to see what your infographic must include.

7. Post your infographic on our class Padlet and comment/upvote/downvote each other's posts.

8. Submit your graphic organizer to the teacher.

Evaluation

This rubric will determine how you will be graded for this WebQuest. Be sure to look it over before turning in your work to make sure you included all elements.

  4. Distinguished 3. Proficient 2. Apprentice 1. Novice
Graphic Organizer Graphic organizer has at least five facts to support each side of the debate. Each fact states where the information came from. Graphic organizer has four facts to support each side. A majority of the facts state where the information came from. Graphic organizer may have 2-3 facts for one or the other side. Only some of the facts state where the information came from. Graphic organizer has less than two facts for each side. No information is given to determine where the facts came from.
Infographic Infographic contains at least five supporting details. The position chosen is clearly stated. Sources for each supporting detail are stated. It is pleasing to the eye and not too "busy". Infographic contains 3-4 supporting details. The position chosen is clearly stated. Sources for a majority of the details are stated. Infographic contains two supporting details. The position chosen is somewhat stated on the infographic. Sources for at least one supporting detail are provided. Infographic contains less than two supporting details. No sources are given. The position is vague or not stated on the infographic.

 

Conclusion

Thank you for participating in this WebQuest! I hope you are all now environmental experts and can educate the community about this important issue. 

Make sure to share our class Padlet with your family and friends so they can learn about this debate too.