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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Health

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Worksheet
  • Lesson Plan
  • Activity - Classroom, 40 minutes
  • Podcast, 90 seconds

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Re-representing a Climate Change Story

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will choose a 90-second radio story from Yale Climate Connection's extensive library of radio stories and re-tell the story using a different medium. 
  • Students will learn about the important role that storytelling can play in science communication. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Each radio story includes a transcript, so students can read along with the audio or use the text on its own.
  • The Student Page is a fillable pdf that guides students through the activity. It includes links to many radio stories, reflection questions, a rubric, and an example.
  • This activity allows students to be creative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should use the example found on page 6 of the Student Page to help students understand the activity.
  • Teachers may want to set a time limit for how long students can spend choosing a radio story. 

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The resource provides students a chance to learn the basics of storytelling and to have climate conversations with their team. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.5 Provide an accurate summary of various texts; determine the central idea(s) or theme(s) and analyze its development throughout each text.
      • R.6-8.6 Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
      • R.9-12.5 Provide an accurate summary of various texts; determine the central idea(s) or theme(s) and analyze its development throughout each text.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-12.3 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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