Discipline: Science

Grade Level: 10th-12th

Course: Chemistry

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Plastics…to Use or Not to Use?
Overview
  • Module Description
    • Students will construct an argumentative piece that defends their position on the widely debated topic of the use of plastic water bottles and storage containers for drinks and foods. The unit of study, within which this module happens to fall, is chemical bonding. Students have been discussing three types of chemical bonding: ionic, covalent, and metallic, and how this type of bonding affects the structure of matter. Students will construct a piece defending their position, as well as using their knowledge of chemical bonding and compounds to explain either the benefits or the harmful effects of using plastics to contain our everyday foods and drinks.

  • Tasks
    • Teaching Task Template Task (Design your own lesson)

      Does the use of plastics in food and drink containers pose a serious threat to human health? After reading scientific sources, write a report that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the texts. Be sure to acknowledge competing views. Give examples from past or current events or issues to illustrate and clarify your position.

      After reading ___________ (literature or informational texts), write a/an _______________ (essay or substitute) that addresses the question, supporting your position with evidence from the texts.

      L2: Be sure to acknowledge competing views.

      L3: Give examples from past or current events or issues to illustrate and clarify your position.

  • About the Teacher
    • Author: Michelle N. Buroker

      Course: Chemistry

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