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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Worksheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Activity - Classroom, 40 minutes
  • Podcasts, 90 seconds

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Re-representing a Climate Change Story

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students will choose a 90-second radio story from Yale Climate Connection's extensive library of radio stories and re-tell the story using a different medium. 
  • Students will learn about the important role that storytelling can play in science communication. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Each radio story includes a transcript, so students can read along with the audio or use the text on its own.
  • The Student Page is a fillable pdf that guides students through the activity. It includes links to many radio stories, reflection questions, a rubric, and an example.
  • This activity allows students to be creative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should use the example found on page 6 of the Student Page to help students understand the activity.
  • Teachers may want to set a time limit for how long students can spend choosing a radio story. 

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The resource provides students a chance to learn the basics of storytelling and to have climate conversations with their team. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • 6-8.RH.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
      • 6-8.RH.7 Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.
      • 11-12.RH.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate and evidence-based summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 6.RI.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
      • 7.RI.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text.
      • 8.RI.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an evidence-based summary of the text.
      • 8.RI.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events.
      • 8.RI.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present a particular topic or idea.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 6-8.RST.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
      • 9-10.RST.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • 11-12.WHST.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
      • 11-12.WHST.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
      • 11-12.WHST.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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