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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Health

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans, 30 - 60 minutes
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Black Lives Matter and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

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Synopsis
  • This media literacy lesson helps students identify factual news information from opinion by analyzing two different articles about climate change and the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to evaluate the content of the articles and answer the selected questions.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The lesson includes decoding questions related to many different subjects: social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy.
  • The lesson plan and student activities can be used digitally or printed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to make a free account with Project Look Sharp to access the resources. 
  • Teachers will benefit from reading the Activity Plan and How-To Guide for student differentiation recommendations. 

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The resource provides detailed activities on the social and environmental impacts of climate change on low-income households and people of color. It reflects how minorities are worst hit by climate change and the related environmental hazards. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 11-12.RI.5 Analyze or evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in their exposition or argument, including the purpose of the structure.
      • 11-12.RI.6 Determine an author's perspective or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how the rhetoric contributes to the text.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS.ETS1.2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
  • Social Sciences
    • Civics and Government (K-12)
      • HS.11 Analyze and evaluate the methods for challenging, resisting, and changing society in the promotion of equity, justice, and equality.
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.45 Identify and explain how political and economic power dynamics throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
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