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Author

The World

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, World Languages, Spanish

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Indigenous Youth Take Global Stage in Madrid to Voice Climate Change Worries

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Synopsis
  • This article describes the actions taken by Alaska Native youth to create awareness about climate change and Indigenous rights.
  • There is a read-aloud function, suggested writing prompts, and an interactive quiz available.
  • The article and activities are also provided in Spanish.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This article is easy to comprehend, and the read-aloud function highlights the words as they are spoken.
  • The article is available at five different reading levels in both English and Spanish to allow for differentiation.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may benefit from learning about the wildlife areas, natural resources, and economic drivers in Alaska before reading this article.
  • You must have an account with Newsela to access and distribute the article. To create an account, you must provide some basic information, including the name and location of your school.

Differentiation

  • This article brings up the need for clean energy jobs and other forms of employment in areas dominated by oil and gas activities, which could be addressed in social studies, economics, and civics classes.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this video about Indigenous rights and the personal stories of activism presented by Our Climate Voices.
Scientist Notes
The resource describes ways young Indigenous people take actions to address climate change and fight for their rights to be heard and be integrated into governments' climate discourse, policies, actions, and plans. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.6 In literary texts, analyze how the differences between the point of view, perspectives, and possible biases of the characters, the audience, or the reader create effects such as mood and tone. (RL) In informational texts, explain how an author’s geographic location, identity, and/or culture affect perspective. Analyze how the author addresses conflicting evidence or viewpoints. (RI)
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