Thursday, August 11, 2016

World Without Fish

I'm heading back to school soon and moving from the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Program to teaching sixth grade in the Middle Years Program. Middle school is my home and I am so excited to be part of building the new curriculum at my school.

One of our units will tackle sustainable fishing so I purchased World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky. I realized very quickly that I needed to buy many more copies and read it with my students. Issues like overfishing, pollution, and the politics of fishing are very complex, but Kurlansky explains them simply and engagingly. The layout of the book is very appealing, with beautiful illustrations, a variety of fonts, and a short graphic novel interspersed throughout the chapters.

This book will be challenging for my students. It's the last book we'll read in the year and I hope it sets them up for the rigors of the MYP. It's also a subject matter that is especially poignant for those of us who live in the Caribbean and love snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. I hope that by reading this book early, my students can be the ones to make a change to the way we treat our oceans.

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