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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Massachusetts

Personal Narrative: Chiamaka Obilo

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  • In this 5-minute video, Chiamaka Obilo gives a speech at a climate rally in Boston.
  • She speaks passionately about her personal health challenges, pollution, supporting science, participating in activism, and the importance of climate education.
  • The associated lesson plan includes a student worksheet, a guide for hosting a climate strike or event, and a personal narrative writing assignment.
Teaching Tips


  • This is a powerful stand-alone video that can spark discussion questions about the importance of personal narratives in civic actions and politics.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must make a free account to access the teaching materials, but the video is available for public viewing. 


  • The video could be used as a hook for lessons about personal responsibility, the importance of participation in a democracy, freedom of speech, or the role of governments to represent the interests of their constituents.
  • You can adjust the playback speed and provide closed captioning for ESL/ELL students or students with learning differences.
  • The personal narrative assignment in the lesson plan could be used in English language arts classes and social studies classes.
  • Other similar resources include this video about Greta Thunberg and this StC lesson plan.
Scientist Notes

Fossil fuels are one of the major causes of air pollution. There is no contradiction in the resource, as it spotlights the role of science in providing climate information to better inform advocacy campaigns. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.6-8.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
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