Closure: Independent Practice:
Ecuador. Students should have a minimum of three sources and write a newspaper story intended for print in your local paper. The research could be accomplished in one to two classes in a school computer lab/library. Have class share their topics. Many possibilities exist to extend this lesson. Ideas for independent projects include political cartoons, a letter to an elected official, a political campaign speech, posters, bumper stickers, or a TV or radio ad to increase the community’s awareness of the issue. You may choose one or more for the class or have them choose. Assess the newspaper article and other independent projects.
Follow-Up Activities: Many activities could follow these four lessons. Further research into Ecuador or other countries and the conflicts they have between society and the environment could be explored. Also, an investigation into the impact of technology and communication on society and the environment would be fascinating. Studying ancient cultures, or even modern cultures, whose values differ in regards to the environment would also be rewarding.
Additional Resources: Many resources exist online that can assist any teacher in creating or extending lesson plans. The easiest search method is to use any search engine, such as www.google.com, and search for the desired topic.
References: In this Unit Plan two sources are mentioned for possible use. The first is an article from BBC that discusses the oil industry in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Voss, Michael. "Ecuador Tribes Vow to Fight Oil Threat." BBC 3 Mar. 2005. 28 Nov. 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4308537.stm.
Also recommended was the NPR series on the Galapagos Islands.
"Fisherman, Conservationists at Odds in Galapagos." Morning Edition. NPR. 10 Oct. 2005. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4793575.