Read the article “Gulf resilient yet
scarred 5 years after BP spill” on page A3 of the Monday, April 20, 2015 edition
of The Seattle Times.
Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a
sentence to demonstrate your understanding.
1.Where and when did the BP well explosion occur?
2.How well has the area impacted by the well explosion recovered?
3.What are some of the problems existing today in the Gulf that may
be connected with the BP spill?
4.Over how many days did the BP oil spill occur?
5.How has the way in which scientists rated the health of the Gulf
of Mexico changed from before the spill to today?
6.Based on the survey results of scientists, what areas of the Gulf
of Mexico’s health are of the greatest concern today?
7.How have the average number of dolphin deaths per year changed
from before the BP oil spill to now?
8.What scientific evidence makes the Kemp’s Ridley “Turtle story
not so simple?”
9.What evidence has been collected to demonstrate that the BP oil
spill is still impacting fish today?
10. How have migratory and native birds to Barataria Bay been
impacted differently by the oil spill?
Prompts and Extensions
1.When comparing the effects of the oil spill on birds, fish,
turtles, etc. there appears to be conflicting reports between some
scientists/the Federal government and BP. Explain or discuss why/how this is
2.The Seattle Times recently published an
article about a different oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico that has been ongoing for a number of years. Read, “Secrecy
shrouds decades long oil spill in South” on page A1 of the Friday, April 17,
2015 paper to learn more.
3.Listen to this NPR
news story about the BP oil spill and
read the associated article on the current state of the Gulf to hear from local
residents impacted by the spill and its lingering impact on the region.
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