Silent Spring

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Silent Spring

By: Catharine Niuzzo Honaman


1 Week

Preparation Time:  



A copy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring for each student in class or a copy of chapters 8, 12, and 17 for each student.


This week long unit examines the seminal work by Rachel Carson which first brought pesticides and the wide spread use of chemicals in the environment to the public’s attention. Students will read selected chapters for both scientific content and literary analysis. While the book was written more than forty years ago the issues discussed in it are still current. Students are given the opportunity to read a truly wonderful science narrative and connect across the years recurring topics.


Students will be able to:-

1. identify the main idea(s) of each chapter.

2. identify the evidence which supports the main idea and advances the author’s argument in

each chapter.

3. identify words and phrases which support the chapter’s theme.

4. make connections to topics being learned in science and social studies.

Strand 1: Reading Process

Concept 6: Comprehension Strategies

PO 4: Connect information and events in text to experience

and to related text and sources.
Strand 2: Comprehending Literary Text

Concept 1: Elements of Literature

PO 4: Identify how an author’s choice of words and

imagery sets the tone and advances the work’s theme.

Strand 3

Concept 1

PO 8: Support conclusions drawn from ideas and concepts

in expository text.


W-P1. Use transitional devices: varied sentence structures; the active voice; parallel structures; supporting details, phrases and clauses; correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and usage to sharpen the focus and clarify the meaning of

their writings.

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