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Lesson Plan: The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Lesson Details

Subject: History

Grade Level: High School

Duration: 90 minutes

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the events leading up to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
  • Understand the environmental and health effects of the disaster
  • Can analyze the impact of the disaster on global nuclear policy

Methodology

The lesson will begin with a brief lecture on the events leading up to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Students will then work in small groups to research and present on the environmental and health effects of the disaster. The class will then come together for a discussion on the impact of the disaster on global nuclear policy.

Resources/Materials

  • Textbook readings on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
  • Internet access for research
  • Presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint)

Activities

  1. Lecture on the events leading up to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (20 minutes)
  2. Small group research and presentation on the environmental and health effects of the disaster (40 minutes)
  3. Class discussion on the impact of the disaster on global nuclear policy (30 minutes)

Assessment

Students will be assessed on their small group presentations and their participation in the class discussion.

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