will be faced with a difficult choice in the next few years. If the
Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not relicensed, Vermonters will need to
find a replacement to produce its amount of electricity. This could be
done through alternative energy sources and/or through the reduction of energy
consumption. Following a unit on electricity, middle school students
(Grades 6-8) investigate alternative energy solutions,
energy conservation, and efficiency strategies
for their communities, in order to develop a
Students provide a needed community service as they take procedural writing skills to a new level. They create a permanent learning tool that can be shared with community members who are having difficulty understanding challenging concepts or mastering difficult skill sets.
Students study immigration from both historical and present day perspectives. They create digital diaries that document the push/pull factors that cause people to leave their native country and the struggles of people who resettle in America. Interviews with current day immigrants and study of the current political issues provide information for students to consider how the struggles of early immigrants compare and contrast with modern immigrants' issues. Culminating projects include proposals to politicians via live interviews, informative podcasts, and opinion pieces shared with local media.