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Kepler Group

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Kepler Group




You will be using your research to conduct an in-class debate. You will pair up with the other student(s) with the same viewpoint and you will orally debate the opposing side during class.  Therefore, it is important that you are well versed in your facts and research so that we may have a very fluid debate.


Use the links below to investigate the debate topic.  You will be working on this activity once you have completed all of the Copernicus and Galileo Group's objectives.  You may be asked to stop working on this objective in order to participate in whole class activities.  Please do not compare what you are doing with what any other student is doing, this is an individual journey.


After you are done, please go to the Student Discussion Page and chat with students from Rogers Park and Broadview who have completed the same topic. 



Topic: Should the United States government continue to federally fund the space program?


You will be randomly assigned to the "pro" or "anti" side regarding whether or not the US government should federally fund the space program. You will research and write an editorial to the newspaper explaining your opinion.  You must back up your opinion with facts and references from your research.


You may use any periodical, text book, reference book, reliable website, or expert to gather your information.  Here are a few links to get you started:








Please use the following graphic organizer to help you start organizing your thoughts: Debate Organizer - Step 1

Please use the following graphic organizer to help you organize your argument:  Debate Organizer - Step 2


Please use the following link to help you write your newspaper editorial: http://www.snn-rdr.ca/snn/nr_reporterstoolbox/writingeditorials.html


 Please use the following link for help on how to carry out a debate during class: 




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Image Location:

Astronaut: http://astroprofspage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/ssmmupack.gif

NASA Logo: http://www.glynn.k12.ga.us/BHS/academics/junior/mitts/michelleu11785/NASA.GIF

Space Shuttle Launch: http://images.astronet.ru/pubd/2005/07/27/0001207380/shuttle03_nasa.jpg

Mars Rover: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rFMcObOYhl4/SCWt_T1l4yI/AAAAAAAAAjY/he8IUadWzZA/s400/mars-rover-rims.jpg

International Space Station: http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~idh/apod/image/0612/trussnauts_sts116.jpg

Cartoon: http://www.freewebs.com/debatingtips/lincoln.gif

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