Energy

Lesson 8 - Opinion Writing - 2 Days

Objective

Explain the pros and cons surrounding the use of hydroelectric dams.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Energy Sources: The Pros and Cons by David L. Dreier  pp. 10 – 13

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Target Task

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Multiple Choice

What is a reason for the decrease in the number of salmon in the Pacific Northwest?

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Which section of the text best supports the answer to Part A?

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Writing Prompt

What are the pros and cons surrounding the use of hydroelectric dams? What reasons and evidence does the author include?

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • How is hydroelectric power created? (Push students to retell all of the steps and cause-effect/sequences involved in the creation of hydroelectric power.)
  • Why does the author include the diagram on page 11? What additional information can be learned from the diagram?
  • According to the author, what are the pros of hydroelectric dams?
  • According to the author, what are the cons of hydroelectric dams?
  • Are hydroelectric dams a renewable resource? Explain why or why not.

Vocabulary

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dam     (n.)

a structure built across a river or stream to prevent water flow

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.4.3 — Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • RI.4.8 — Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

  • SL.4.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • SL.4.4 — Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • W.4.1 — Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

  • W.4.1.a — Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.

  • W.4.1.b — Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

  • W.4.1.c — Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).

  • W.4.9 — Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Spiral Standards

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L.4.1

L.4.2

L.4.6

RI.4.1

RI.4.10

RI.4.4

RI.4.9

SL.4.3

SL.4.6

W.4.10