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  An Inconvenient Truth

by Al Gore


CTC YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

Subjects: Language Arts and Drama
Grade Level: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: October 2007 (Pre CCSS)

Unit Created by: Polly Mills and Germania Solórzano

What makes this a YAL choice...

An Inconvenient Truth is a good YAL book because it presents an opportunity for classrooms to explore issues related to global warming, the scientific process, and ways to write about scientific themes, ideas, and inquiries. The nonfiction text is rich with a combination of text, charts, data, photographs, and illustrations. With breakout boxes and sections marked by the color of the page, it’s easy to identify where the ongoing narrative breaks to make room or Gore’s anecdotes that bring the global crises to a personal level. The text therefore provides several ways into the information and ongoing inquiry while it models as many ways to write and tell about a subject to an audience. The text also models the bravado required of teachers and students intending to dig into contentious issues and struggle with inconvenient truths of their own. - Polly Mills

YAL Conference Workshop Description & Documents

Examining Inconvenient Truths
Germania Solórzano and Polly Mills, Presenters

As Al Gore states in his book, An Inconvenient Truth, "the Chinese expression for 'crisis' consists of two characters side by side…The first is the symbol for 'danger,' the second the symbol for 'opportunity'." Looking at the inconvenient truth of global warming, we hope to empower teachers and students to allow inconvenient truths into the classroom through reading, writing and research. This workshop will use selected readings from the book to examine how Gore's personal relationship to the material guided his inquiry, as well as how to use research in writing. Using the principles of permission and attention, from the Story Workshop Approach to the Teaching of Writing®, and teambuilding games, we will use the text to inspire our own questions, hypotheses, and discoveries of other inconvenient truths in orally told stories. Finally, we will write our own text based on these stories. We hope this workshop will motivate teachers to use An Inconvenient Truth in their classrooms, and open the door to further inquiries led by their students' needs and interests. - Workshop Description for YAL 2007



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Inconvenient Argument


Using the Book Itself


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