Bottled water is the new normal. Is that a good thing?
Bottlemania examines the history of bottled water and takes an inside look at just how the big and powerful the water industry has become.
Author Elizabeth Royte not only gives the reader plenty of facts about water, but also shows precisely why water quality matters. Environmental concerns are addressed throughout, but not in a heavy-handed fashion.
Teachers/Parents – Applications for Education:
This quick and informative read would fit very nicely in a high school science class, and sections could easily be handled by high-level middle school students. Bottlemania could be added to lessons and units on water, the hydrosphere, water pollution, water treatment, recycling, environmental issues, global warming, etc.
Students might read a chapter and give a book chat to the class summarizing the key issues in their section. You could also have students create a blog post on certain sections, highlighting key information.
Finally, consider have students reflect on the author’s key points. Your students could respond to journal prompts, short essay questions, or even hold a debate on controversial water issues.