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
3. identify words and phrases which support the chapter’s theme.
4. make connections to topics being learned in science and social studies.