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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF

Climate Change in the American Mind: September 2021

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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Synopsis
  • This 112-page document features robust data on the public opinion of climate change in the United States. 
  • The graphs present various opinions over time, allowing students to see how or if opinions have changed. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This data is incredibly rich and robust, with many ways for students to explore the content.

Additional Prerequisites

  • For a quick look at the data, you can read the Executive Summary on pp. 3-4.
  • The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication also has an excellent interactive map on climate opinions in the United States.

Differentiation

  • Students can use this report to design and implement their own surveys on climate change in their school or classroom. Students and teachers can be surveyed.
  • This can be a great interdisciplinary resource for social studies, mathematics, and English classes.
  • Students can also take the Six Americas Super Short Survey to see where they fall in the "Six Americas": Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, and Dismissive.
Scientist Notes

The resource examined the percentage of the American population with climate knowledge and those with disbeliefs about climate change posing environmental hazards. It used weighted averages, age criteria of 18 and above, and other indicators for the study. This is relevant, valid, and recommended to provide important insights to students.

Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 9-10.RI.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • 11-12.RI.1 Analyze what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain; cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis. Identify areas where the text leaves ideas unclear or unexplored.
  • Mathematics
    • Data Reasoning and Probability (9-12)
      • HS.DR.A.4 Use mathematical and statistical reasoning to formulate questions about data to evaluate conclusions and assess risks.
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