1. Students will spend this week researching an environmental health issue in order to have necessary information to be able to talk with the public, delivering a message they create in an impromptu manner, but reflecting what they have learned from their science and social studies classes. To support their work in these other classes and to prepare them for next week’s activity in language arts, each student will be doing research all this week on an environmental health issue of his or her choosing using a multitude of resources in the library and/or computer lab.
2. Briefly explain to the students that they will be making an impromptu speech next week that will utilize at least 10 solid facts, statistics, quotes, etc. directly related to their environmental health issues. These facts will be a powerful way to back up the emotional appeal that will be manner of delivery for the speeches.
3. In preparation for this activity, each student will be creating an informational list of significant facts about his or her environmental health issue. The list or compilation needs to be neatly organized so that the fact, statistic, quote, etc. is accurately stated followed by a complete citation of the source it came from. Since this work supports ongoing effort in the science and social studies classes, it would be best to use the scientific format of citation. Each compilation needs a minimum of 10 citations. The student should look for solid information, but also include startling statistics and attention-grabbing quotes. The student should use many different types of sources such as books, magazines, encyclopedias, newspapers, personal interviews, and not just rely solely on the Internet. Depending on the sources available to your students in your particular library, you should stipulate how many of each source should be represented in the compilation paper.
It is essential to reach an audience on both an emotional level and an intellectual level. With this week’s work the students will be equipped to prepare a speech that will both inform and make their audiences care about the environmental health topic being presented.
If the students do not finish gathering appropriate resources in the five classes, they need to finish up this preparation work on their own time.
Student learning in this lesson can be assessed by observing how well each student conducts his or her research, how focused he or she works, and how much usable information he or she finds and documents the sources appropriately. The compilation paper needs to include a list of relevant facts, figures, quotes, and information. It should be organized, have a complete citation for each entry, and contain at least 10 entries gathered from a variety of sources.0 entries gathered from a variety of sources.