Energy

Lesson 9 - Opinion Writing - 2 Days

Essential Task

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Objective

Explain the pros and cons surrounding the use of solar energy.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Energy Sources: The Pros and Cons by David L. Dreier  pp. 14 – 17

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Target Task

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Multiple Choice

What is likely to make the biggest difference in increasing the world’s use of solar power?

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Which detail from 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 solar energy? What reasons and evidence does the author include?

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • How is solar energy created?
  • How do solar heat collectors work? Why are they important?
  • According to the author, what are the pros of solar power?
  • According to the author, what are the cons of solar power?
  • Is solar energy renewable? Explain why or why not.

Vocabulary

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solar energy     (n.)

energy formed by the sun

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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.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

RF.4.3

RF.4.4

RI.4.1

RI.4.10

RI.4.4

RI.4.9

SL.4.3

SL.4.6

W.4.10