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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


English Language Arts

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  • Lesson Plans, 60 minutes
  • Worksheets
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Writing Cli-Fi

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  • In this activity, students practice their creative writing skills and learn about the concept of climate fiction (cli-fi) by writing a short cli-fi story. 
  • Students select one of five prompts to spur their writing, and optional extension activities for each prompt are included in the teacher guide. 

Teaching Tips


  • Writing fiction can help reduce the overwhelming feelings that sometimes can come with learning about climate change problems.
  • The prompts are fun and encourage creativity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This can be used as a class activity or homework.


  • Teachers can expand on this by having students write a longer piece or create artwork to accompany their writing.
  • Students can read their stories aloud to the class or swap stories with a classmate to read.
  • Teachers can publish some of the pieces in the school's newspaper, on the school's website, in the yearbook, or on climate change platforms online.
  • Your students can read and analyze the first chapter of Kim Stanley Robinson's Ministry for the Future, which is a cli-fi book about a deadly heatwave in India in the future.
Scientist Notes
Students can learn skills on climate storytelling to be able to lead climate conversations in their environment. The resource is recommended.
  • English Language Arts
    • 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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