California Objective 43: Government and Law – Environment
Ann Kopel email: email@example.com Portland Community College – Southeast Center
Level 3 ESOL – Integrated Skills (Class size: 28 students with about ½ new to the class and the rest continuing students)
Conserving our water
Competency Area: Government and Law – Environment
Civic Objective: Identify environmental problems and recognize appropriate steps for resolution.
Language and Literacy Objective: #8. Identify actions people can take to alleviate environmental problems (e.g. use less water)
Crossroads Cafe - Episode # 17 United We Stand
Background: For the 2007-8 school year, we decided to focus on the environment. During Fall term our class looked at energy use, particularly electricity, but also at other energy sources such as natural gas, oil, and gasoline. Winter term looked at the use of water in our community, and next term (Spring 2008) we will focus on food and where it comes from.
Activity: Discover ways to use less water
We brainstormed ways to use less water and then invited guest speaker Linda Hendrickson who has transformed her home and lifestyle to save water. www.lindahendrickson.com. Go to her website to see what she and her husband do. They collect rainwater to use to water their yard and flush their toilets and they have a very parsimonious dishwashing technique. They also compost all their food waste and use it to raise worms.
Activity: Raise awareness of the problem of disposing of purchased water bottles
READING: Using Internet sources, I created an article called “Think Outside the Bottle” borrowed from the nonprofit by that name. (Article is attached. File name: “The hidden life of bottled water.) Read and discussed.
Activity: Introduce idea that one person can make a difference.
READING and WRITING
Read the article I adapted “How can we change the world?” about the hundreth monkey story (attached.)
interconnected web of life
Review proper paragraph form, etc.
WRITIING: Write your story. How is your life different in the United States. For example, you could write: “In Vietnam I rode a motorcycle, but in the U.S. I drive a car.”
Tell us about your:
Appliances (washing machine, refrigerator, air conditioning)
How many things you have
The kind of food you eat
Do you think your life protects our environment? Why or why not?
End with Crossroads Café - Epidsode # 17 United We Stand
This episode deals with plumbing (and other) problems in Rosa’s apartment building and how she organizes the tenants in the building to address the problems with the corporation who owns the building. Discuss how Rosa was able to make a difference.