Questions for “Coal’s Deadly Toll”

Answer while you read:

  1. What percentage of Poland’s electricity comes from coal?
  2. Among the worst air in Europe, what does Krakow rank?
  3. How is the quality of coal burned in Polish homes?
  4. What are some of the physical impacts of air pollution caused by burning coal?

Reflect after you read:

  1. What do you think is the author’s purpose for writing this article? (give two examples from the text that illustrate this purpose)
  2. In your opinion, which image best communicates the author’s purpose? Why?
  3. Identify one advantage and one disadvantage to using this article to introduce readers to the issue of air pollution in Poland caused by burning coal.
  4. What questions do you still have about the impact of coal on the Polish people after reading this article? (Think of at least two questions)

Questions for "Poland: The fight against pollution in Krakow"

Answer while you read:

  1. Who does the article interview first? What does he describe as the impact of pollution?
  2. What are some of the physical impacts of air pollution on people in Poland?
  3. How are families combating the effects of air pollution?
  4. What government initiatives are in place to stop pollution from burning coal?
  5. What have been some of the barriers to regulating pollution from burning coal?
  6. Why is air pollution particularly bad in Kraków?
  7. What has the organization Kraków Smog Alarm done to combat air pollution in Kraków?

Reflect after you read:

  1. What are two new pieces of information that you learned from this article?
  2. What images/text did you think best engaged readers in the issue Gardiner presents? Why?
  3. Identify one advantage and one disadvantage to using this article to introduce readers to the issue of air pollution in Poland caused by burning coal.

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