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Silence Isn't So Golden: Getting Copies Of Silent Spring
My students need 33 copies of "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, an important text about the effects of atmospheric CFC compounds on our environment.
My students and I have yet to explore the importance and value of informational texts in the classroom. I'm hoping this moving and powerful book about a serious environmental problem will allow us to take that journey together.
My AP Environmental Science students are a vibrant group of young adults who love to share their opinions.
Whenever we have class discussions in our Socratic Circle, the conversation is set afire!
During class discussions, we have a brown whiteboard sponge, bound with two rubber-bands that acts as our "koosh". If you do not have the koosh in your hands, you are only allowed to listen and not speak. My students will constantly argue over who the koosh goes to next, out of a need to voice their opinions.
I'm hoping that Rachel Carson's text will act as a resource that my students can use to ground their lively discussions in one of the most important environmental issues of our day. Because the book has been a very controversial text since its inception in 1962, I know their conversation will be animated to say the least.
In every Socratic Circle that my students have participated in, their conversations have been insightful, vibrant, and utterly impressive. Even representatives from our Public School's district office have recognized my student's ability to dissect a text and have a critically involved conversation about any interpretations of the text.
I am confident that our ongoing conversation about Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" will be no different.
Furthermore, it will allow my students to understand the very complex controversy surrounding the use of CFC's in industry.
And because they will each get their own individual copy, they will be able to take the book home, write notes in the margin, and be able to call it their own.
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