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Island Paradise

Overview

The case study presents the story of Easter Island, and its ecological collapse. It is written as a jigsaw, in which students receive part of the story, and make predictions about what will later happen. They work out their ideas with a group who has read the same part of the story, and then switch to mixed groups who have now the whole story.

The story works well as a starting point to a unit on population and sustainability. The story evokes many questions from the students that naturally lead into a discussion of Earth and it carrying capacity.