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Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Massachusetts

Personal Narrative: Chiamaka Obilo

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  • In this 5-minute video, Chiamaka Obilo gives a speech at a climate rally in Boston.
  • She speaks passionately about her personal health challenges, pollution, supporting science, participating in activism, and the importance of climate education.
  • The associated lesson plan includes a student worksheet, a guide for hosting a climate strike or event, and a personal narrative writing assignment.
Teaching Tips


  • This is a powerful stand-alone video that can spark discussion questions about the importance of personal narratives in civic actions and politics.

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  • Teachers must make a free account to access the teaching materials, but the video is available for public viewing. 


  • The video could be used as a hook for lessons about personal responsibility, the importance of participation in a democracy, freedom of speech, or the role of governments to represent the interests of their constituents.
  • You can adjust the playback speed and provide closed captioning for ESL/ELL students or students with learning differences.
  • The personal narrative assignment in the lesson plan could be used in English language arts classes and social studies classes.
  • Other similar resources include this video about Greta Thunberg and this StC lesson plan.
Scientist Notes

Fossil fuels are one of the major causes of air pollution. There is no contradiction in the resource, as it spotlights the role of science in providing climate information to better inform advocacy campaigns. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.11-12.3 Understand and evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.6.2 Write text in a variety of modes: a) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons, relevant evidence, and literary theory; b) Write informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content; c) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective narrative techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • Social Studies
    • Political Science
      • SS.PS3.d.m Analyze how governments address and solve problems through the public policy process.
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