What Prairie Teaches Us Essay

LESSON:  “WHAT THE PRAIRIE TEACHES US” - ESSAY ANALYSIS - Grades 7-12

CREATED FOR THE FLINT HILLS MAP & EDUCATION PROGRAM

After brief background on what is a prairie, students read and analyze the content and writing techniques (esp. analogy) of Paul Gruchow's celebrated essay (700 words, 2 pages) describing what people can learn about their place in the human world - by looking at the prairie ecosystem as an example. Reading, organization and writing skills are emphasized. 

Followup activity charting the 10 analogies plus vocabulary-building exercise.

Students will choose which of the 10 lessons they found most compelling and write a paragraph applying it to a real life situation. 

Language Arts-Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening; Science