In this unit, students continue to conduct close readings and engage in independent research into the ways that both industry and agriculture currently use fresh water resources and how sustainable water management could be improved. Students keep a researcher’s notebook in which they document their research findings, generate supporting research questions, and analyze the credibility of their sources as they determine how different authors use evidence to prove their points. In the mid-unit assessment, students engage in a simulated research task focused on water management strategies (RI.7.9, W.7.7, W.7.8, L.7.4c, L.7.4d). The assessment will incorporate selected response and short constructed response questions in order to assess students’ ability to research.
After the mid-unit assessment, students engage in a structured decision-making process to address the question: Which category of water management would be a good place to begin to make the way we manage water more sustainable? The process guides students to consider the information they gathered while researching, as well as the consequences and impact on stakeholders of each possible position. This leads students to the two-part end of unit assessment. In Part 1, students engage in a Fishbowl discussion about the possible positions they can take (SL.7.1). In Part 2, students will formally present their position (SL.7.4, SL.7.5, SL.7.6).