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Fracking Fuels Energy Debate
- Erica Gies
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.Pair “Fracking Fuels Energy Debate” with “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” to teach students about a different form of energy: nuclear energy. Use these articles in conjunction to spark an advanced classroom debate about government regulation of the energy industry, and more generally—the costs and benefits of technology.
Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
- Alison Pearce Stevens
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.Pair “Chernobyl: A Story from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Tiny Plastic, Big Problem” and ask students to compare the ways technologies like nuclear energy and plastic effect our world. What are the costs and benefits of these technologies? Are they worth the value they bring to our lives? What can be done to prevent future disasters and pollution?
- H.G. Wells
In “The Cone,” an ironworks manager leads his friend on an eerie tour of his company shortly after discovering a secret.Pair “Chernobyl: A Story from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “The Cone” and ask students to discuss the potential dangers of industry.
Californian Neglected its Duty
- El Paso Herald
In the article “Californian Neglected its Duty,” the El Paso Herald discusses the sinking of the Titanic and why there were so few survivors.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Californian Neglected its Duty” and ask students to further discuss what the world can learn from these disasters. Do students believe that both of these disasters could have been prevented? How are these tragedies examples of the disadvantages of technology?
Water Scarcity: A Global Issue
- Shelby Ostergaard
In “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue,” Shelby Ostergaard discusses the factors that have contributed to water scarcity across the world.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue” to provide students with additional information on the event that contaminated the water of Chernobyl, Ukraine. Ask students to discuss how the events in Chernobyl resulted from the negative impact of technology. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
- Jessica McBirney
In the informational text “Mother Teresa,” Jessica McBirney discusses Mother Teresa’s missionary work and her lasting legacy.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Mother Teresa” to provide students with more information on one of the disasters that Mother Teresa provided aid for. How does the journalistic piece help students understand how much Mother Teresa was willing to sacrifice to help others?
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan
- Morning Edition, NPR
In the informational text “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan,” NPR discusses how communities surrounding the Aral Sea are benefitting from the slow return of the sea.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan” to provide students with another example of disaster caused by humans. How did the Chernobyl disaster impact the surrounding land and animals? How did the depletion of the Aral Sea impact the surrounding area and communities? How did humans’ actions lead to both of these disasters?
The Decision to Drop the Bomb
In the informational text “The Decision to Drop the Bomb,” USHistory.org discusses Harry Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan during World War II.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews from Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” and ask students to discuss the effects of nuclear material. How did the damage of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl compare to the damage caused by the bombing of Japan? How do both texts help readers understand the lasting effects of radiation?
Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists
- Robert Oppenheimer
In “Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists,” Robert Oppenheimer discusses the development of atomic weapons a few months after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Pair “Chernobyl: Interviews From Inside a Nuclear Disaster Area” with “Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists” and ask students to discuss the consequences of nuclear energy. How is nuclear energy dangerous, even when it’s not used as a weapon? How do students think Robert Oppenheimer would react to the disaster at Chernobyl?