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Students are asked if they have read or heard about the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. They are explained that this was a tremendously popular and influential book exposed that dangers of pesticides. Students read the book. Once students have finished reading the book, they prepare an abstract of their book for the class.
Eleventh graders explore, analyze and examine Postwar United States between 1945-1960. They study the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States during this time period. Each student begins by studying the environmental movement in 1958 with Rachel Carson and her book, "Silent Spring."
Students red and discuss an example of a biographical essay. They read The Last of the Falling Tide by Car Hiassen, answer factual questions concerning the work, and create their own story about a natural place they are familiar with , and any environmental problems that exist.
Students are introduced to the environmental hazards their community is facing. In groups, they develop a list of the ways humans have changed the Earth and how these changes have lead to environmental hazards. They record their observations on what types of pollution they see during a week and graph the results. To end the lesson, they role-play the various roles within a food chain and how insecticides can interrupt the cycle.