Quantitative reading level:
ATOS Book Level: 10.0
Interest Level: Grades 9 and up
Lexile Measure: 1280L
Qualitative reading analysis:
Content area standard:
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).
Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
Supporting digital content:
– Winner of Santa Monica Public Library’s Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, 2010
Climate change can be a scary and overwhelming topic. Sally M. Walker does an excellent job of adapting Flannery’s text without condescending to young readers. The authors paint a full picture of the climate crisis while still allowing the reader to imagine that they themselves hold some power in the efforts to halt climate change (as indeed they do).