of Earth Science |Northeastern
any time before Spring Break; late papers will not be accepted.)
Plate Tectonics in the News!
this assignment, you will use your understanding of plate tectonics and
the plate boundaries map you created in class to explain a current
What Information to Find
In a newspaper, magazine, or web-news publication (i.e. one
that posts daily or weekly news articles), find an article on a geologic
event that somehow relates to plate tectonics. (For
example, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are geologic
events that might potentially meet the criteria; some other
events might qualify too. If in doubt, ask.)
must be current; you must turn in your assignment within two
weeks of the article's date.
What to Write
1. Write a paragraph summarizing what the
event was that occurred,
giving location and pertinent facts about what happened.
2. Write a paragraph explaining how the geologic
event is related to
plate tectonics. (For example, do plate boundary interactions
happened? If so, how? What plates are involved, what type
are they, and how are they moving relative to each other? How did
this lead to the event you are studying?)
Page limit: maximum one page of
Spacing and margins: your choice
size: 12 point font or larger.
Paper size: ordinary 8.5" x 11" printer paper.
Writing: Your report must be written in complete sentences
Spelling and grammar: Your report must be free of
spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
Plagiarism: The report must be written by you, in
your own words. You will not receive credit for material written
by others! Do not copy and paste information from web pages or
any other source; write in your own
words to show your own understanding of the material. Be
aware of the NEIU policy
on academic misconduct.
What to Hand In
1. Your one page written report.
2. Attach the plate boundaries world map that
you constructed in class. On the map, show the location of the
3. A copy of the article.
staple or clip the pages together, and put your name on every page.
© 2007 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated January 24, 2007.