After learning about what whale oil and whalebone (baleen) were originally used for, have students determine what products have since been used to replace them. Findings can be presented in a written format or through a poster or PowerPoint.
Common Core State Standards Connections
Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12
Standard 7 (Grade 6) Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Standard 8 (Grade 6) Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Reading standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12
Standard 1 (Grades 9-10) Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Standard 3 (Grades 6-8) Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).