THE WORLD IN A GRAIN: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

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ESSENTIAL QUESTION:  HOW HAS OUR DEPENDENCE ON SAND CREATED A SERIOUS HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS?

Objectives:  SWBAT analyze, evaluate, source and annotate excerpted primary and secondary source complex texts regarding ethical and sustainability issues involving a dwindling precious resource – SAND - toward skill building for the long-extended essay portion of the AP American History exam.

Citations

Beiser, Vince (2018)  The World in A Grain:  The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.  NEW YORK:  Riverhead Books (Pgs. 1026 and 233-255)

WARM UP:  NEWSPAPER ARTICLE – The Ultra-Pure Super Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible – Wired Magazine – 4/28/17 (0:09 mins)

http://www.wired.com/story/book-excerpt-science-of-ultra-pure-silicon/

PODCAST:  Vince Beiser/Why Sand Is More Important Than You Think

https://www.jordanharbinger.com/vince-beiser-why-sand-is-more-important-than-you-think-it=is/#worksheet.PDF

(1 Hour and 2 Minutes)

Standards: 
Lesson tags: 
Advanced Placement (AP)
State: 
New York