The cities of San Diego, California and Biarritz, France have striking similarities. They are positioned in relatively the same location in their respective countries: the southwestern corner of the U.S. and of France, on the ocean, and on the border with a Spanish-speaking country. During this week you will conduct research to compare a specific aspect of these two cities.
Some guiding questions are:
How does fishing in San Diego, as an industry and as a sport, compare to fishing in Biarritz?
How does the surf in San Diego, as it relates to both the size and quality of waves as well as to the sport of surfing compare to the surf in Biarritz?
How does the ocean water in San Diego, relative to temperature, water currents, ocean floor, and sea life compare to the ocean water in Biarritz?
How does recreation in San Diego, particularly as it relates to water sports, compare with recreation in Biarritz?
Print a copy of the permission letter and take it home to be signed by a parent or guardian. Bring the signed letter back to your teacher.
Select one of the following areas as a focus of your research:
location (area topography, longitude and latitude);
marine life (type and quantity of fish and animals);
kelp (quantity, production, uses);
the ocean floor (topography, exploration);
the fishing industry;
Use the internet to visit the sites listed in the "Resources" section.
Bookmark any sites you find to be particularly useful.
Take notes of interesting facts and information concerning the focus of your research about San Diego and Biarritz.
When checking out the sites in the resource list be sure to read carefully and take accurate notes. It will save you having to go back to them again later. Remember to keep focused on the topic you have chosen. If you are planning to include a graphic that you've located at a particular site you will need to e-mail to get permission to use it. Also, you will need to have the parent permission letter signed and returned before your work will be published on the internet.
Partner up with a classmate and read your notes to each other. Ask yourself these questions:
Are the notes legible?
Do they make sense?
Are they related to the chosen topic?
Do they contain interesting facts and information?
By the end of this week you should have compiled substantial information about San Diego and Biarritz. You will hopefully notice many similarities and differences. Is the information complete? What's missing? Next week you will be diving deeper into the internet to fill any gaps in your research.