Rachel Carson is given credit for being the first “environmentalist.” In 1962, Rachel’s book Silent Spring drew the public’s attention to the widespread spraying of the broad-spectrum pesticide DDT. The public’s outrage over its untested and likely harmful effects led to several environmental protection acts passed by Congress and culminated in the ban of DDT in the United States. This biography of Rachel Carson by Sarah Fabiny is a good introduction to one of the most influential and respected scientists of the 20th century. It does a good job of interspersing historical information about the time period of Carson’s life: the mentioning of the Great Depression, World War II, and nuclear bombs may inspire some students to want to find out more about these events in our history. Would be a good unit around Earth Day!
(Lexile level 930) This packet prepared by My Reading Resources includes a student packet of 35+ pages of short answer questions, vocabulary work, and discussion questions for each chapter and a list of suggested projects for students to complete after reading the book. Word wall cards and a set of cards to match words to definitions are included, too. For assessments there are several choices: a final test with multiple choice/short answer questions, a vocabulary matching quiz, and crossword puzzles for vocabulary words. Student projects may be used to extend the learning.
Meets these CCSS:
R.I. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8
W. 4.4, 4.9
L. 4.4a, 4.4b, 4.5a, 4.6
R.I. 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.8
W. 5.4, 5.9
L. 5.4a, 5.4b, 5.5a, 5.6
R.I. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.7, 6.8
W. 6.4, 6.9
L. 6.4a, 6.4b, 6.6
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