1. Prepare the first two readings, dealing with coal
mining in the Balkan Peninsula, and the effects of mining
and burning of coal. Distribute them to students as they
enter the classroom. Ask them to consider these questions
for discussion after their readings.
a. Do you think that either of these sources is biased?
If so, in what way?
b. What information can you determine as fact, and what
might be opinion?
c. What are your thoughts on the reading? Will this make
you try to conserve energy?
2. Discuss these questions with the class. Allow some
controversy, and depending on the class, encourage discussion.
The students may feel strongly about their viewpoints,
but should be able to logically defend them.
3. At some point during the discussion, introduce the
photographs, perhaps on a computer screen visible to
the whole group. This could be one way to encourage some
controversy, if necessary.
4. Depending on the discussion, and how much time you
have left, two more websites are provided for additional
information. One website is a collection of articles
dealing with coal miners. The second website is a list
of all coal mining accidents in the United States with
5 or more deaths. This list has an impact at first glance,
demonstrating the inherent dangers of coal mining. Notice
the relative decrease in accidents in recent years as
one positive aspect.
to pick one article from the website provided, and
ask them to summarize the information from the
article. After a short summary, reflect on the content
with regard to the class discussion and the student’s
own feelings about the topic.
The summary of and response to the article
read for lesson closure would most likely need to be
finished as homework.