Teaching about pollution and consequences with the movie Erin Brockovich

Lesson plan:

Watch the clip and write about the case on your blog. How is it possible for one person to make a significant difference in so many people’s lives? Look at the facts below and do your research online. Call your post redemption day and explain the title!

Competency goals:

  • elaborate on and discuss a number of international and global challenges
  • analyze, elaborate on and discuss at least one lengthy literary work and one film
  • present technical material orally, in writing, or in the form of composite texts

Facts: erin brokovich

Erin Brockovich’s work on a cancer cluster in the California desert town of Hinkley led to a lawsuit, and later a Hollywood movie. Erin Brockovich-Ellis (born June 22, 1960) is an American legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, or any legal education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. Read this article to find out more about the trial. What should we believe?

Click here or on the picture to see the clip.

Further activities:

After watching this clip and writing about Erin it is time to watch the movie.

Discussion in class:

  1. Was the case described in the move as you had expected?
  2. Did you ever imagine it would be that difficult?
  3. What is fracking?


  1. Write a letter to the residents of Hinkley explaining the science behind their problems. See facts for that here:  Erin_Brockovich_Oxidation_Formative_Assessment


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