What was the first Earth Day like? Students compare and contrast it to current times through writing and research.
Skills supporting learning standards: vocabulary development, writing informative/explanatory text, reading comprehension, analytical thinking, conducting research
In this lesson, students will read an article about the first Earth Day in 1970 and use it as a prompt for writing their own Op-Ed pieces about Earth Day 2015.
To begin, distribute the activity sheet, which features the history of the first Earth Day, and review the information with your students.
Next, have students access print and online materials (encyclopedias, magazine articles, newspaper articles, etc.) to research how New Yorkers have changed their conservation practices since the first Earth Day.
Students will then write their own Op-Ed newspaper articles that include the research they’ve found, as well as their own opinions on how they’ve experienced conservation efforts.