This PBS Learning Media presentation is an excellent resource for teachers working with students in grades six through 12, or for anyone who is working with middle and high school students and would like to inspire them to take an active role in their communities. Readers may like to start by watching the three-minute video about Marisol, a young community activist who is working to raise awareness about the detrimental health effects of a coal plant in her neighborhood of Little Village in Chicago, Illinois. From there educators may want to examine the Support Materials on the site, which include an informative background essay and a number of discussion questions to enliven the thinking of students. There is also a handy Educational Standards section, where public school teachers will find that the lesson plan meets National Standards for World History, U.S. History, Science Literacy, and other topics.
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