Reflection: Real World Applications What are the Effects of Oil Spills? - Section 2: Engage


When I choose articles I have a few considerations. Technical reading demands the interpretation of charts as well as analyzing statistics. I look for the charts and graphs students can read to understand reports. I can scaffold student learning by starting with the easy-to-read components of a technical report and then moving on to the more difficult. For more on this, see my lesson Reading a Technical Report.

Another important consideration is the use of contemporary articles. I listen to the news and try to find articles about new items. I look for up-to-date news items because students are motivated by information that is currently in the news. 

Many times I can't find what I am looking for in the news, so I use an article from a previous year. Although it is not as motivating for the student, I maintain a commitment to using the articles as a strategy for understanding content. 

  Science Literacy
  Real World Applications: Science Literacy
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What are the Effects of Oil Spills?

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT understand how oil spills create environmental issues.

Big Idea: How do contemporary events impact our energy choices? With the use of two reading pieces, students examine the effects of an oil spill.

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