The Academic Encounters series uses a sustained content approach to teach skills necessary for taking academic courses in English. There are two books for each content area. Academic Encounters: The Natural World engages students with academic readings, photos, graphs, and charts on stimulating topics from the fields of earth science and biology. Topics include Earth's systems: the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere; volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis; the human brain and the human heart; and recent medical advances. Students develop important skills such as reading for detail, skimming, reading critically, and applying what you have read. Each chapter ends with a guided academic writing assignment. Vocabulary and academic writing tasks occur throughout the book. The topics correspond with those in Academic Listening Encounters: The Natural World.
UNIT 1: Planet Earth Chapter 1: The Physical Earth Chapter 2: The Dynamic Earth UNIT 2: Water on Earth Chapter 3: Earth's Water Supply Chapter 4: Earth's Oceans UNIT 3: The Air Around Us Chapter 5: Earth's Atmosphere Chapter 6: Climate and Weather UNIT 4: Life on Earth Chapter 7: Plants and Animals Chapter 8: The Human Body Chapter 9: Living Longer, Living Better? Weights and Measures Map of the World Task Index