Peace Corps Challenge—Solving the Water Quality Issue
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- Subject(s): Language Arts & Literature, Environment & Health, Cross-Cultural Understanding
- Grade Level(s): 6–8, 9–12
- Related Publication: Peace Corps Challenge Game
Newspapers are one of the main sources of information about our local and world events. Students will create a Wanzuzu newspaper about the important issues the Wanzuzu people are facing due to their polluted lake.
Water is one of the few things that we must have in order to survive. When there is a problem with our water availability or quality it affects an entire community of people. Today, we would find it very difficult to have our water availability interrupted. As a community issues surrounding water must be addressed and solved quickly.
- Initiate a discussion on the current situation being faced in Wanzuzu. Where is the pollution affecting the lake coming from? How is the current condition of the lake affecting those in the village? What are some possible solutions that could help the situation?
- Have the students look through several newspapers making sure that they are aware of the parts of the newspaper and what information each contains.
- Explain to the students that they are going to develop a newspaper focusing on the current situation in Wanzuzu and the condition of their lake. This newspaper will be their opportunity to write about how each area of the village is affected. Interviews, drawings, and recommendations should be included.
- Have each student share their newspaper with the class and display all of them in the classroom.