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My Chemical Mountain

Secondary, Middle

Description

Jason, Charlie and Cornpup are living in a blue collar town where most residents work at the local chemical factory which is polluting the community.  The boys spend the summer in a world of pollution biking through industrial waste at the local landfill, swimming in the contaminated creek and trespassing on old factory sites. Realizing the damage the landfill is causing to the health and environment of those around them, each boy, for his own personal reason, seeks revenge against the chemical company. The novel raises awareness of the problem of toxic waste and the lasting effects of pollution.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The themes explored in this novel would support Social Studies units that deal with student engagement, social justice and citizenship.  Have students discuss what type of environmental issue is of concern in their community. After reading, students could research hazardous waste and how it can affect their own health and that of the community.

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Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (1)

  • Appreciating the Natural World

Human Health & Environment (2)

  • Environmental Contaminants & Health Hazards
  • Environmental Justice

Waste Management (1)

  • Hazardous Waste