In this media literacy activity, students compare two conflicting perspectives on effective recovery from climate disasters.
Students read an opinion piece and the summary of a governmental report, and analyze the ideas presented using guiding questions.
The lesson plan contains possible questions for media decoding that are differentiated based on what subject you teach: social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy.
The lesson plan and student activity worksheet can be downloaded and used offline.
Teachers should download and review the How to Use Materials section associated with this activity. A free account with Project Look Sharpis required to do this.
The activity time may vary depending on the Educator's approach.
This activity can be used as an introductory exercise, instead of an entire lesson, by selecting one or two questions to lead a lively ten-minute classroom decoding.
Students can be encouraged to write a letter to the editor or the leader of their local community asking for action to be taken regarding an identified climate challenge.
To focus this lesson on social-emotional learning, classes can discuss community resilience, mental health impacts of natural disasters, and injustices related to relief efforts.
Similar resources include this video about surviving a climate disaster, this lesson about the emotional impact of hurricanes, and this personal story of a hurricane in Florida.
This resource provides students the skills to learn and understand the underlying social and cultural factors for disaster recovery and resilience and response. There is no contradiction in the resource and it is recommended for teaching.
English Language Arts
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
11-12.RI.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text.
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.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
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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.
Civics and Government (K-12)
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