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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan, 45 minutes
  • Worksheet

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Writing Persuasively About Climate Change

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  • In this activity, students participate in civic engagement by writing a letter to their country's government encouraging them to take action against climate change.
  • Students will learn about crafting solid arguments and writing persuasively.

Teaching Tips


  • The teacher guide and student handout are provided, making it easy to implement.
  • This lesson is a great way to get students involved in climate action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should make sure to review the teacher guide prior to using this lesson with students.
  • The guides can be downloaded and used offline.


  • This lesson is ideal for ELA classes to practice letter writing, persuasive writing, and/or formal writing.
  • Teachers can collect the letters and send them to the appropriate bodies of government.
  • For younger students, consider using this similar resource from ClimateScience.
  • Students can swap their letters for peer-to-peer marking against the checklist before editing and polishing their final drafts.
  • Students can present their letters as speeches to the class.
  • Students can investigate Project Drawdown's Table of Solutions for potential ideas to include in their letters.
Scientist Notes
This activity has students draft and share letters to government officials persuading them to take action with regard to some climate or environmental topic of the student's choosing. It introduces Aristotle's pillars of persuasion (ethos, logos, pathos) and recommends that students share and perform a simple "peer review" of their letters. This activity is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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