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This speech, made by 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 1933-1945), addresses the problems of the Great Depression and the "Dust Bowl" of the 1930s—during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.Pair “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’” with “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue” and ask students to discuss the effects that a drought can have on a community. How can a drought negatively affect a community? In what ways did human influence contribute to the drought discussed in “Excerpt from ‘On Drought Conditions’”?
A journalist from Interviews That Matter speaks with a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 in Ukraine. The interviewee paints a haunting picture of the devastated area then and now.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?
This article explains how ancient Egyptians developed a complex civilization that would last for thousands of years.Pair “Developing Civilization in Ancient Egypt” with “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of water. How did the presence of the Nile River allow civilization to flourish in Egypt? What happens to civilizations where there is water scarcity, according to “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue”?
In the informational text "At Your Fingertips," Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service's information about weather within the United States.Pair “Water Scarcity” with “At Your Fingertips” and ask students to discuss the effects that a drought can have on a community. How might weather forecasts help people prepare for a possible drought? Do students think that the National Weather Service could be used to help predict droughts? Why or why not?
In the informational text "Father of All Forecasters," Charles Brusso discusses the man who developed the foundation for weather forecasting, Cleveland Abbe.Pair “Water Scarcity” with “Father of All Forecasters” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the effects that rainfall, and lack thereof, have on crops. How do weather forecasts allow people to care better for their crops? Do students think that weather forecasts could help communities prepare for droughts? Why or why not?
In "Love It or Hate It, Earth Day's Just Not What It Used to Be" journalist Kate Yoder discusses the history of Earth Day, as well as criticisms of its commercialization today.Pair “Water Scarcity: A Global Issue” with “Love It or Hate It, Earth Day’s Just Not What It Used to Be. What Happened?” and ask students to discuss the ways in which national identities and governments can either support or hinder our ability to make positive environmental changes at the global level. How do we create change for the entire global community, and not just the wealthiest countries? Do students think wealthy countries bear a greater responsibility for combating climate change than countries with fewer resources? Why or why not?