Canadian and World Issues
with David Spencer

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Refer to your textbook Clark, Bruce and John Wallace. Global Connections: Canadian and World Issues. Prentice Hall, Toronto 2003 ISBN: 0-13-041067-5. Answer all questions in complete sentences and include part of the question in each of your answers.

Unit # 6

   Topic: In Class Debate

Make sure that you complete all of the following assignment and print out your debating resources before our debate on ______________________________(date)

You will be marked on the following:

Participation- show up five minutes before class begins Application__20 marks
(minus 1 mark for every minute not present)

Research Notes- concise notes with references for 3 topics Thinking __30 marks

Debating Skills- 1 mark for every intelligent point or question. Application up to __40 marks

Debating Reflection- clear obervations and concise notes taken Thinking __15 marks

The debate will be chaired by a student from the class. Another student will keep track as a scorekeeper. Both of these students will receive the same mark as the highest scoring debater. 

Research using our textbook, books and web sites to gather information on the following topic statements. Write or type your notes. Show embedded citations and produce a bibliography of resources you used.

1. Why should your topic for your Culminating Unit for Canadian and World Issues receive government and media attention? How should money, resources and people be assigned to help resolve the issue outlined in your CU? Bring your notes and the final copy of your CU.

2. Why is water a human right? Who is threatening this right?

3. Why and how should developed countries help developing countries find and maintain clean drinking water?

Point of View
Choose the point of view you will take before beginning your research on this water topic. Select one (1) of the following:

a) business representative from a transnational corporation (name the company)
b) government official (municipal, provincial/state or federal)
c) leader for an NGO (non-governmental organization)
see <>
d) leader from a United Nations committee (name the committee)
see <>

Research references.
Visit this page <> and click on the links below

Part A: Textbook Research "Global Connections: Canadian and World Issues".
a) Make point form jot notes on water issues in the world. Text pp 264- 281.
b) Answer questions #1-5 on page 282.

Part B: Articles to Read
Read and make jot notes from the artciles Handed out in class
The Right to Water: The Campaign for a United Nations Treaty (PDF)
Water Is A Human Right Handbill (PDF)
The Right to Water is a Human Right (PDF)

Part C: Web Research
a) Visit and read "Water for Profit" at CBC web site.<>
Summarize in a page how the multinationals are taking control of water.

b) Water Is A Human Right from the Council for Canadians

c) Ban Sale of Water for Profit from National Geographic

d) The Blue Planet Project <>

Debate Reflection
Write a report and answer the following questions:
1. Reflect on what you learned and disagreed with during the debate. What made you pleased, angry or confused? Why? (T=___/ 4 marks)

2. Reflect on the communication skills of the effective debaters. In a few sentences, outline the importance and role of each of the following during a debate. (T= ___/ 11 marks)
Also refer to <>
and <>

a) Preparation and Research
b) Dress and Appearance
c) Talking Speed
d) Volume
e) Tone/Attitude/Sincerity
f) Diction
g) Language/Slang/fowl words
h) Clarity
i) Listening to Others
j) Body Language
k) Eye Contact

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