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Crash Course

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, History

Regional Focus

Global

The Anthropocene and the Near Future

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Synopsis
  • This video describes how drastically things have changed on Earth over the last 100 years, the complicated problems we currently face, and what the term Anthropocene means.
  • It discusses a variety of topics including fossil fuel use, agriculture, technology, and human population growth.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This helps explain the complex and multifaceted solutions required to address the many global issues we face today.
  • It discusses computing power, increasing complexity, the dark side of innovation, and atomic fission.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be beneficial to pause the video to emphasize certain points or to check for understanding between topics.

Differentiation

  • This is a great video to incorporate into science classes, social studies classes, or history classes because it discusses the environmental, social, and historical aspects of the global problems we currently face.
  • Advanced students could discuss topics such as ecological carrying capacity, quality of life metrics, ethics regarding species extinctions, and "hoping" for a technological innovation to save us.
  • Other resources on this topic include A Good Life for All Within Planetary Boundaries, Biodiversity and Humans, and this Table of Solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The video illustrates the Anthropocene, the increased complexity and interconnectedness of human, evolution, energy transition, population growth, and technological advancement. This resource is insightful and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in the history of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by analyzing major historical eras, major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of Maine, the United States and various regions of the world.
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in United States and world history, including the roots of democratic philosophy, ideals, and institutions in the world by analyzing and critiquing major historical eras: major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of the world and the implications for the present and future.
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