Mark Kurlansky discusses how humans treat the oceans and the fish that live in them, and what the world will likely look like if fish populations continue to decline.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
This informational text discusses the diverse interactions of organisms that can be mutually beneficial.
In John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever,” the speaker discusses his desire to return to the sea.
This article reports on a new yet controversial technology that makes it possible for companies to raise genetically modified salmon that grow very fast.
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.
We use the energy from natural gas for power. However, a relatively new process of getting this natural gas out of the ground called fracking has sparked a debate about sustainable energy.
In this essay, science, technology, and travel writer Charles Wohlforth explores the complicated relationship between human beings and their treatment of the ecosystem that allows them life.
In Walt Whitman’s poem “World Below the Brine,” the speaker explores the world under the sea.
In the informational text “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Author Who Made a Difference,” Barrett Smith discusses the activism of a young girl who collects and donates books with black girls as the main characters.