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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, English Language Arts, Health

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, California

Orange County Oil Spill: Drilling is Killing

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  • This article details a 2021 oil spill off the coast of Southern California. 
  • Students will learn about how the spill impacted the ocean and land near Orange County and find links to help support clean-up efforts, report leaks, or stay updated on this spill. 

Teaching Tips


  • This article is easy to read and provides a real-world example of the risks of fossil fuel extraction. 
  • The included images add information and are helpful for visual learners. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some background knowledge of oil spills and their impacts. 


  • This article would work well in a science class discussing human impacts on ecosystems, a language arts class working on informative reading strategies, or a social studies class discussing how laws impact industries and ecosystems.
  • This article would make a great component in a text set about oil spills. 
  • After reading, have a class discussion about the impacts of oil spills and the author's perspective. 
Scientist Notes
This resource highlights the implication of oil drilling and spillage on the natural ecosystems. This has caused habitat loss and adversely impacted biodiversity. It calls for an immediate halt on oil drilling from oil companies to abate the pollution caused to humans and the environment. There are no contradictions in this resource. On that account, this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.11-12.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences, including determining where the text is ambiguous; develop questions for deeper understanding and for further exploration. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.2 Objectively and accurately summarize a complex text to determine two or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development, including how they emerge and are shaped and refined by specific details. (RI&RL)
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