Abstract 9- Volume 1, Number 3, Summer 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 3, Winter 2006



Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan—Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson

Nancy P. Gallavan
University of Central Arkansas


Rachel Carson was a notable woman who studied the environment and cared for the planet Earth. Her life was highlighted by several significant events that unfolded to future events culminating with her writing the landmark book Silent Spring. In this NCSS notable trade book lesson plan format, students record 12 significant events in Rachel Carson’s life on a graphic organizer. The graphic organizer is designed as 12 circles like the face of a clock to show chronological order. Using the information provided in the book Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson (Ehrlich, 2003), students record 12 events to illustrate the cycle of life. This practical graphic organizer also can be used for recording important events of other’s people’s lives read in biographies and autobiographies as well as important events in each student’s life. Reading and sharing from the graphic organizer in chronological order prompts meaningful class conversations and learning experiences.

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About the Author(s)…

Nancy P. Gallavan, PhD, is a Professor of Teacher Education and Associate Dean at the University of Central Arkansas. She holds a BS in elementary education with an emphasis in literacy, an MA in curriculum and instruction with a certification in school administration, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a cognate in multicultural education. Research and publication interests include social studies and multicultural education. Contact information: ngallavan@uca.edu, University of Central Arkansas.