Flush: Water Pollution

Ugh, you are swimming in WHAT?

Flush by Carl Hiaasen is a highly entertaining young adult novel that evokes engaging discussions on issues of water pollution, climate change, and environmental policy. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • English: Flush
  • Science: Climate, Atmosphere, Water Cycle, Ecosystems 

Newsela Article

Learning Objective

  • Today I am learning…to read for understanding and to use highlighting and annotating features with Newsela along with connecting two texts.
  • I will be able to support my understanding…by citing evidence from a non-fiction text and connecting it to a work of fiction.
  • I know I understand when…verbally express my understanding in a small group or whole class conversation along with use highlights and annotations to explain the evidence from the text
  • Students will be able to…use highlighting and annotating features to cite and explain evidence from a non-fiction text

Materials Needed

Learning Standard

Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

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