The purpose of this phase is to get an idea of the
types of information that might relate to the use of
plastic and paper bags. You shouldn't be seeking evidence
that supports one side or the other at this stage. Simply
explore all the ideas you can come up with that could
have some bearing on the topic. All ideas should be
listed during a brainstorming session, with no suggestions
eliminated or dismissed as being without value.
You will be responsible for making a list of ideas
from your group. Include this list with the materials
you turn in at the completion of the project. You are
not required to actually research every idea you record.
Instead, the list should serve as a guide or checklist
of possible topics.
Questions to help kick off the brainstorming session
- What materials are used to manufacture each type
- What are the financial costs of each type of bag?
- How much energy is used to manufacture each type
- Are there potentially dangerous by-products in the
manufacturing process of either bag?
1. In a single sentence, summarize the
goal of this step. Write down a few questions or ideas
that will help you start brainstorming a list of issues
to explore in the paper-versus-plastic debate.