1. Provide students with The Washington Post article
entitled "The Oysters and the Oystermen Are Dwindling" by Susan Kinzie.
Use this, or similar article, to establish the recent collapse of the
Chesapeak Bay oyster population. (Download "Teacher Notes about the
Base Article" from Lesson Resources now. Articles available from
internet links in the References section below).
Lesson time for reading and discussion of Base Article is about 25
minutes. Recommended for Middle School or basic level students.
Implement instruction in your preferred manner: students could read the
article individually and then discuss as a class (you could require
students to take notes while reading to help with the subsequent
discussion), or you might want to employ the "Think (Read)-Pair-Share"
Remember, the basic objective of this part of the Unit is for students
to realize that the oyster population has collapsed and to begin to
speculate on why this has happened.
If you have acess to a video projector and classroom computer, you
might supplement readings with brief,
http://www.wjz.com/localstories/local_story_329174108.htm, video news
clips from television news station WJZ TV in Baltimore.(10 minutes).
For high school level or more advanced students, use multiple articles
from a variety of sources in the manner described above. (Download the
additional articles now from the References cited below; scanned
versions are also available in the Lesson Resources).
Expand (or replace) this component by having students conduct
Independent Research or navigate a Web Quest you develop.
"Fixing" the Problem? After summarizing the current situation, explore
possible solutions for restoring the oyster population--especially the
introduction of the Asian Oyster.
7. Discuss the positives and negatives... but arrive at the conclusion that the issue requires more study!