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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Health

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 15-30 minutes
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video, 3 minutes, 5 seconds
  • Video, 4 minutes, 22 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States


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Youth, Hip Hop & Climate Change

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  • In this media literacy activity, students will watch two hip-hop music videos on climate change activism and analyze the videos' messages and approaches to educating viewers. 
  • This resource includes a teacher guide, a lesson plan, and two video clips. 
Teaching Tips
  • The lesson plan offers discussion questions for several academic subjects.
  • The media literacy questions require students to think critically about their own biases.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials.
  • This handout will help students determine if the sources are reliable.
  • Music classes could use these videos in a lesson on political music.
  • After discussing the pros and cons of the two videos, students could write, rehearse, and record their own climate change music videos.
  • Because the music videos were produced in 2011 and 2009, it might be interesting for students to compare them to more modern climate change music videos such as Prince EA's video.
Scientist Notes

There is no contradiction in the resource as it explores site-specific ways to prevent ecosystem degradation. This resource is suitable for teaching students about environmental management, resource management, and social change. The resource is recommended.

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