One of the books Ms Gipson’s seventh grade students were required to read was A Long Walk to Water. It was about water issues in Sudan, Africa. As they were reading, I realized the water issues presented in the book were unrealistic to them. The concept of ‘It’s not going to happen in America’.
The book they are reading now, The Big Thirst – The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water brings the issue to their front door – it’s about how developed countries use water and the very threat of our running out of it. Our students are learning that we are in a ‘Golden Age’ of water and how it has become invisible to us since we have it readily available on tap.
They will then fashion an argument about a water issue, create a survey on how our community uses water, and use the data for a public speaking assignment in combination with their argument.