You may complete one or more of the following options for a maximum of 15 extra credit points towards your semester grade.
OPTION 1 – VIDEO PAPERS (5 points each) You may select one or more of the following videos to watch and write about: 1) Your Inner Reptile, 2) Your Inner Monkey and/or 3) Decoding Neanderthals. These videos are available in Etudes (within the Extra Credit folder in the Resources tab). Separate papers are required for each video.
What to Include in Your Video Paper(s): Each paper must include 4 paragraphs that cover each of the following 4 sections, and be sure to include section titles/ headings (e.g. “Introduction”). Papers must be typed in 11-or 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides, and include your first and last name and date in the top left corner along with a centered title (article, lecture or documentary title is fine).
1) INTRODUCTION: Provide a brief summary of the main topic(s) in the video. 2) HOW IT RELATES TO CLASS: Explain how the material presented in the video relates to class. Specifically, you need
to link it to at least two or three terms/concepts covered in the textbook (and/or class lectures or online modules). Make sure to refer to the source (e.g. “the concept was covered in Chapter 3 of our textbook”).
3) YOUR CRITIQUE: Provide a brief critique of the video by addressing the following questions: Did the author/presenter clearly state his/her research topic or objective(s)? Was the information written or presented in a clear, easy-to- understand manner? Were there some important points that you feel were missing from the article or video, or on which the author/presenter could have elaborated? What were the article’s or video’s strengths and weaknesses?
4) YOUR ASSESSMENT: Indicate how the material and information in the video may be applied to you personally, your major, your future career or how it applies indirectly to you such as your species as a whole (be specific – include a discussion of particular examples from the article or video or and how or why they could be applicable, or whether you’ve personally experienced some of the phenomena described in the article or video, or how it pertains to the evolutionary history of the human species). Briefly discuss whether the information presented was new to you or you were already aware of it based on information obtained from other classes or on your own such as from media or news sources (be specific). Finally, indicate your reaction or opinion to the main points presented in the article or video (please refrain from simply saying “it was interesting” or “I thought it was good”, but rather put some careful thought into it and discuss your reaction to the material presented with specific and relevant examples).
OPTION 2 – CHAPTER 14 QUIZ (5 points) You’re not required to read Chapter 14 of your textbook or the accompanying module materials, and this information will not appear on any of the tests. But you may complete a quiz on this chapter for extra credit (10 multiple-choice, multiple answer, true/false and/or fill-in questions worth ½ point each, for up to 5 points). The quiz is timed (20 minutes) and you’ll have one attempt. OPTION 3 – EL CAMINO COLLEGE GLOBAL CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE PRESENTATION (15 points) Attend the talk by Prof. Joe Holliday and write a paper that follows the required format outlined on the next page. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: • Papers must be spell-checked and largely free of grammar and punctuation errors (if you need help with this, you can
bring a draft of your paper to the Writing Center for some assistance). • Papers must be written in your own words: don’t use any quotes and make sure to paraphrase all parts of the
paper. Plagiarism will result in a loss of extra credit privileges (ZERO points). No exceptions. If necessary, review the Plagiarism handouts in “Resources” before writing your paper so that you’re fully informed about what plagiarism is, how to avoid it and how to paraphrase.
• Papers must be submitted online using the plagiarism detection site Turnitin.com no later than 11:59pm on the due date.
Global Climate and Ocean Change presentation
By Prof. Joe Holliday, El Camino College Geology Department Thursday, November 16th 1-1:50pm, East Dining Room (above bookstore)
Extra Credit Opportunity for Prof. Waters’ class (15 points) In light of the fact that there are lawmakers in the United States who plan to make major cuts to funding for climate change research soon and scaling back caps on greenhouse gas emissions (the greatest contributor to global climate change according to scientific evidence), I strongly encourage you to attend this talk. If you aren’t already aware of the negative consequences of climate change on the environment and human societies around the world, you need to educate yourself on this subject so you understand the potential impacts of these impending changes to our existing climate change legislation.
The talk will feature photos and videos from Prof. Holliday’s extensive travels with the National Geographic Society, including to Antarctica and Arctic regions, which are undergoing the most rapid climate change (the indigenous people of the Arctic are also at greatest risk of losing their land to rising sea levels). Prof. Holliday will discuss the abundant scientific research on this subject, including the effects on nature and human society.
Today, it is more critical than ever that everyone learn about the biggest environmental threat facing the earth and its inhabitants. This is not simply a political issue – this has the potential to negatively impact your quality of life and that of your children and childrens’ children (not to mention the millions of people living in developing nations who are predicted to become “climate refugees” and forced to move from their homelands as their environments become uninhabitable, land becomes infertile and/or water sources become scarce). Extra Credit Assignment
Take notes at the lecture and write a paper that addresses the five points below (you do not need to fill out the handout you’ll be given at the talk, and you won’t earn credit if you submit that in place of a typed paper, but do write your name on it and submit it to Prof. Holliday to verify your attendance). Your paper must be 1½ to 2 typed, double-spaced pages and address each of the following five points (examples and evidence in your paper, with the possible exception of #5, must all come from Prof. Holliday’s presentation and not outside sources):
1. Discuss at least two outcomes of climate change (e.g. changes that are happening, or are predicted to happen, to the environment, other species and/or human societies as a result of climate change)
2. Describe at least two forms of scientific evidence that demonstrate that climate change is occurring (in other words, how do we know that climate change is happening?)
3. Describe some of the evidence that shows the recent rapid changes in climate are largely due to human activity (e.g. how do we know that humans are contributing greatly to climate change?)
4. Explain your reaction to the information presented by Prof. Holliday and the fact that soon in the United States research on this subject will be halted (or at least greatly reduced). Don’t simply tell me it was “interesting” or that you’re “concerned” about the future. Dig deeper than that, and reflect on the information presented and the kinds of impacts this could have on us in the future and how this makes you feel and/or whether it changes your outlook.
5. There’s always something YOU can do! Discuss at least two ways that you, as an individual, can work to help reduce climate change and/or change future legislation on climate change. Think small here: changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your “carbon footprint” or what you can do in upcoming elections or campaigns (not presidential elections, but smaller and more local ones). Prof. Holliday should address this at the end of his talk. If not, do a quick google search for some ideas (and cite your source with a website link).
* Extra Credit papers are due in Turnitin.com by 11:59pm on the due date listed in the schedule in the syllabus*
* Papers must be free of plagiarism and written in your own words *