Instructional Video

An Introduction to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Can pesticides affect humans, even if they don't eat the crops that were sprayed? Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's 1962 work on the environmental effects of DDT, discusses the ways that bioaccumulation creates a path from a dangerous pesticide to one's dinner plate. High schoolers learn about her theories and observations with a short video analysis.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members watch the video on their own and come back to class to discuss its main points
  • Encourage learners to research DDT and the history of pesticides in America
  • Include in an environmental science class, or when discussing bioaccumulation in earth science
Classroom Considerations
  • Explanation for bioaccumulation may be a little repetitive
  • The full analysis is available at the publisher's website with a free trial membership or paid subscription
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Connects to current discussions about environmentalism
  • Discusses the most important parts of the book in an understandable way
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