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Grades

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

Subject

English Language Arts

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Why Climate Change Is So Hard to Talk About

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Synopsis
  • This video provides strategies for how to be involved in climate action and how to talk about climate change without feeling defeated. 
  • Students will learn that approaching climate change skeptics with compassion and empathy can lead to more open dialogue. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This balanced and approachable method for discussing climate change will encourage students to be active listeners and thoughtful speakers.
  • The video is broken up into chapters, making it easy to navigate.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concept of "flight, fight, or freeze."
  • Students should be familiar with the terms perennial, collective action, apathetic, agitate, and empathetic.

Differentiation

  • English language arts and life skills classes could role play climate change conversations to practice using the skills in the video.
  • English and writing classes could do a writing exercise where students write about a time when they changed their mind about something and what led them to make that change.
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson and activity on writing a personal narrative on climate change, this guidebook on having climate change conversations, and this video on effective climate change dialogue. 
Scientist Notes
The video underscores better ways in handling climate discourse. It presents scenarios where climate conversations become difficult and activists get a freeze response. Ultimately climate conversations should not be forceful. We need to understand people's perceptions and perspectives towards climate change and introduce the conversations carefully, and gradually they get along. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.9-12.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.9-12.3 Present information and supporting evidence appropriate to task, purpose, and audience so listeners can follow the line of reasoning and incorporate multimedia when appropriate.
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