Your task will be to analyze the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf problem, and draw your own conclusion to the following question.
Remember that there is no
right or wrong answer. The Gray Wolf issue is complex. You
will be assessed on how you support your conclusion, communicate
effectively, and collaborate with your peers. Your final activity
will be to make your ideas known by writing an editorial. [Grading
Rubric] Government, environmental, and agricultural
leaders can't seem to solve the issue. Maybe they need to see
it through the eyes of a student.
You will be working together in a small group of 3 to 6 students. As an individual member of your group, you will be called on to explore several Web pages. You will be the expert, and your group will be counting on you to provide a clear explanation of your portion of the information. As a group, your job will be to:
The Yellowstone Wolf Conflict is a real problem. Your opinion is important, and your solution will give adult leaders insight.
Assign each group member one of the Web pages below. It's ok if more than one student reads an article. After exploring the Web pages individually, get back together in your group and answer the questions below.
Assign each group member one of the articles below. It's ok if more than one student reads an article. While you are exploring the Web page, answer the following questions. Concentrate on not reaching any conclusion about the wolf reintroduction program. Just the facts!
Now get back together in your group and share each individual's answers to the questions. Create a group response to the questions. Remember, try not to take sides! Just the facts!
Identifying the problem is frequently the most difficult part of a good solution. Instead of identifying the true problem, people tend to focus on obstacles to the problem. This is because people have deep feelings about their side of the issue. Here are two editorials appearing on the same day in The Post Register Online.
Your group needs to review both articles, and for each article, write a single sentence that identifies what the author believes is the real issue behind the wolf reintroduction program. Remember that you are reading articles written by real people with a passion for their side of the issue, so you may need to get help from your teacher or parent to pull out the information.
Can man and wolf live together peacefully? Does a rancher have the right to protect his/her livestock from wolf attack? If the wolves are removed from Yellowstone, what will the impact be on other animals in the park?
Should the wolves in Yellowstone National Park be removed? Each of you may have a different opinion on the subject, but your group needs to reach only one conclusion. Use the information that you have gathered to support your decision.
The conclusion to this project is real. You will be writing a letter to a person that has deep feelings about the wolf issue. Your letter needs to be polite and well written. Most importantly, you need to be sure that your facts are straight, and your solution is realistic. [Grading Rubric] Use the Pre-Write activity to construct your letter. You will be writing to one of the following four people:[A note to both teachers and students.]
The Yellowstone Wolf Conflict is a real problem. The people involved are passionate about their side of the issue. Your solution will not be taken lightly. It's time to take a stand, and do your best work.
By Keith Nuthall
Poway Unified School District