In These Ancient Trees


Below are many possible questions to discuss with your group. They are based on the film we saw. Please add your own questions to the list.


  1. What has driven the economy of the Pacific Northwest?


  1. How does the timber industry value the forest?


  1. Why else is the forest valuable and valued?


  1. Where are the last stands of ancient forest?


  1. What do the trees provide for the forest?


  1. How has logging changed over the last 150 years?


  1. What are the names of two different methods of logging?


  1. What is the process and what are the effects of clearcut logging?


  1. When did the National Forests begin to be logged?


  1. What is the Mission of the United States Forest Service?


  1. How many acres of forest are cut every year in Oregon?


  1. How much of the ancient forest has already been cut?


  1. What is the difference between “planting trees” and “planting forest”?


  1. Why are some people angry about preserving the spotted owl habitat?


  1. What can we do to protect wilderness?


  1. Your question for the group:





In These Ancient Trees: Vocabulary


1.       ecosystem



2.     legacy



3.     vanish



4.     polarizing



5.     biomass



6.     deforestation



7.     overlogging



8.     silt



9.     jeopardy



10.  extinction



11.   consumer products



12.  biodiversity








Writing Homework: due Monday 10/23


Think about the video we watched in class called These Ancient Trees.

The topic of this writing homework is what you learned from the video. The final step (#3) should be at least two paragraphs long.


In class, we talked about the fact that writing is a multi-step process. You are going to practice the various steps for this homework exercise.


  1. Please use the space below for FREEWRITING. This is the process of putting your ideas down on paper. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling and conventions at this stage—the purpose is to record your thoughts and ideas. When you finish, take a break before going on to #2.


Some ideas to get you started:

Protecting the forest is….

Logging is….


  1. In the next step of the writing process, you will need to look back at your freewriting, identify your main ideas, and categorize them. Now is the time to organize your writing into paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence that introduces the main idea, three to five detail sentences that give more information about the topic, and a conclusion sentence. Include at least two paragraphs. Underline your topic sentence. Take a break before going on to #3!



  1. Now is the editing stage, Please look back at your paragraphs from #2. Check your grammar carefully. Are you using the correct verb tenses? Do your subjects and verbs agree? Check your spelling. Also look for writing conventions: did you use capitalization and punctuation? Show your final product to someone else and ask them to look it over.

Write your final edited version on the back of the paper.


Good work!