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The Carbon Diarlies 2015
by Saci Lloyd

 

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
by Paul Fleischman

 

YAL Presenter Unit 2015/2016

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2015, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Mary Massie and Kate Thomas


YAL Conference Workshop Description
Can Fiction Help Us All Face Facts?
Mary Massie and Kate Thomas, Presenters

The Carbon Diaries 2015 describes a near-future world of cataclysmic climate change with ensuing natural and social disasters as experienced by a 16-year-old girl, her family, friends, and neighbors who must radically reduce their use of everyday energy sources to comply with carbon rationing in London. It combines elements of a thriller with a coming-of-age diary, all grounded in some pretty startling climate science. The voice of narrator Laura is funny, ironic, warm and entertaining, even during frightening circumstances and multiplying troubles. The book paints a plausible picture of events that may well be coming soon, leavened with humor, humanity, and hope.

In Eyes Wide Open, award-winning YA author Paul Fleischman moves briskly through some very heavy topics, not by dumbing down content, but by dividing it into compact segments with photos, sidebars, and touches of humor. It includes source notes, a rich bibliography, a glossary, and advice on how to weigh information—all perfect elements for inquiry projects.

Our workshop will explore creative ways to use the immediacy and humor of both books to pull readers out of indifference and into active learning, blending well- researched science, social commentary, and the perspectives of teens who really do need to save the world.

— Workshop Description for YAL 2015

Documents

Eyes Wide Open Updates

EYES WIDE OPEN:Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

Anthroposcene

The Story of Stuff Video

The Story of Stuff Project

Climate Change Is Here - National Geographic Magazine

Can Science Fiction Help Us Dream Our Way out of Disaster?

What Did Exon Know?

The First 20 Days Establishing Productive Group Work in the Classroom