Flush: Policy Solutions

“Flush” out your ideas and solutions!

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 

Featured Newsela Article

  • Dirty water articles: Text Set: 7 articles addressing water concerns
    NOTE: Have students read at their Lexile level - this will be a lesson on reading and identifying the solutions for the problems and writing and presenting these findings - students must read articles at their level of reading comfort. 6th grade level is a range between 900 and 1090. PLEASE be aware of your struggling reader and encourage them to read articles at their true comfort and confidant reading level.

Learning Objective

  • Today I will...read to identify problems and solutions to water concerns.
  • So I can...create a written summary and/or presentation of solutions addressing water concerns.
  • I know I understand when…I am able to use information to create a written paper and/or a presentation addressing these concerns.
  • Students will be able…to read articles and use discretionary reading skills to identify problems and solutions within the Newsela article.

Materials Needed

  • Flush
  • Newsela
  • Chart paper

Time Needed

  • 2-4, 50 minute classes (extended honors lesson will take more time)

Learning Standard

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

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

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

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