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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Health

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  • Lesson Plan, 30 - 60 minutes
  • Article

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Black Lives Matter and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

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  • This media literacy lesson helps students identify factual news information from opinion by analyzing two different articles about climate change and the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to evaluate the content of the articles and answer the selected questions.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson includes decoding questions related to many different subjects: social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy.
  • The lesson plan and student activities can be used digitally or printed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to make a free account with Project Look Sharp to access the resources. 
  • Teachers will benefit from reading the Activity Plan and How-To Guide for student differentiation recommendations. 


Scientist Notes
The resource provides detailed activities on the social and environmental impacts of climate change on low-income households and people of color. It reflects how minorities are worst hit by climate change and the related environmental hazards. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.8 Analyze the structure of various texts, including how the features and components relate to each other and the whole.
      • R.9-12.9 Assess how perspective or purpose shapes the content and style of various texts.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1 (D1): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by evaluating and comparing the relationship of citizens with government in the United States and other regions of the world.
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by using inquiry to predict and evaluate consequences of geographic influences.
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