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“It’s Electric! How Should Our Electricity Be Generated?” Argumentative/Persuasive Writing


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Fossil fuels contribute to 81.2% of all electrical generation in the world. Alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, biomass, nuclear (both fission and fusion), and hydroelectric power, are playing an increasing role in modern power generation. Based on these alternative energies and the fossil fuels, students will consider the socioeconomic, environmental, and political ramifications of specific energy sources to recommend which energy source we should use to generate electricity.

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In this extended writing task, students will read, analyze, and gather relevant information from text(s) and write an argumentative essay. Students will:

  • Examine and evaluate the production of energy and efficiency of energy usage in the United States

  • Research the socioeconomic, environmental, and political costs and benefits of specific energy sources used to generate electricity
  • Read, analyze, and utilize information from multiple sources

  • Write an evidence-based argumentative essay


biomass – the mass of living organisms in a given area


fission – the process of splitting a nucleus into smaller particles


fossil fuels – fuels formed by natural processes such as the decomposition of buried dead organisms


fusion – joining atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei


geothermal – heat energy generated and stored in the Earth


hydroelectric – the production of electricity using the force of falling or flowing water


renewable energy – energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which is naturally replenished


tidal – converting the energy of tides into useful forms of power


turbine – a rotary engine that extracts energy from a fluid flow and converts it into useful work



350 minutes/7 periods


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Matthew Franchina and Jesse Eisenbise, Palmyra Area School District

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