008 - Storm Chasers

Factual Questions

How was a specific hurricane caused?

What damage was caused by a specific hurricane?

Did the area ever recover from the specific hurricane?

Taken From: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/hurricane-harvey-texas.html

Image One - Hurricane Harvey 2017 - New York Times

Taken From: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/hurricane-harvey-texas.html

Key Terminology

            • Cause
            • Consequence
            • SEEP - Social, Environmental, Economic, Political Factors

We will be using the above terms throughout the next few lessons and categorising the type of damage caused by hurricanes.

Activity One - Newspaper Report

You are a reporter for National Geographic and you have been given the assignment to develop a newspaper report that will describe and explain the impact a hurricane has had on an area. You can choose any hurricane that has occurred throughout the world; there is no constraint on location or year that it swirled. Do be careful of the word count. Journalists have to stay within a certain word count for each article to fit in to their allocated section on a page.

The newspaper report must be set in a standard newspaper article format (as seen below) and should include the following information.


              • Headline
              • Location – Where did the devastation take place? (Remember to include a map).
              • Explanation of how it happened - Why did the hurricane take place? Include diagrams.
              • Description of what happened – Time line of events.
              • The effect of the damage – Economic (buildings, roads, infrastructure), social (people forced to move), and environmental (landscape).Try and include eye witness accounts.
              • What is being done to rebuild the damage caused? How can we inform people about the danger of hurricanes? E.g. evacuation/ emergency plans.

Presentation of Newspaper Report

              • Word Limit - 750 maximum
              • Header
              • Columns for the information
              • Images/sketches/maps needed figure numbers need a title
              • Bibliography
Hurricane report

How will I be Assessed?

You will be formally assessed on your newspaper report and I will be focusing on Criterion A - Knowing and Understanding and Criterion C - Communicating.

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding

Criterion C: Communicating