|Overview: This instructional task has a dual objective: to instruct students in the use of a decision-making model and to enable
students to apply the model to a problem with geographical dimensions. Working individually and in pairs, students make
personal decisions. Using readings which present an environmental case study, students analyze how past government
decisions have impacted peoples lives, affected the environment and altered the geographical features of a region.
Working in groups of four to six, students first use a model to make a decision about future action based on the case
study, then plan and make an oral presentation to the class. Finally, students reach a class decision about future
action and consider the consequences of that decision.
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