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  • Lesson Plans, 45-90 minutes
  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 1 minute, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 6 minutes, 25 minutes, CC, Subtitles

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North America, United States


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Sharing Your Climate Story

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  • This lesson plan introduces students to telling their personal story about climate change and how it has affected them.
  • Students will learn about the effects of climate change in each state and watch two short videos before writing their narrative.
Teaching Tips


  • The videos provide examples of personal narratives about climate-related issues. 
  • The narratives can be sent to the congressional representatives for each student.



  • While the lesson provides a worksheet that identifies and separates the paragraphs, consider including starter sentences to scaffold the writing for younger students.
  • The lesson plan was written with high school in mind but it could easily be used in middle school as well.
  • Science classes could use this lesson to improve their communication skills regarding scientific topics by including an additional paragraph about the scientific evidence. 
Scientist Notes

This resource provides a good method for students to share their climate stories and write letters or emails to their representatives to request they support policies that would mitigate climate change. All activities and content actuates good climate conversations and narratives. This is recommended for teaching.

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      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood, including words with multiple meanings within a text. (RI&RL)
      • R.9-10.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences; develop questions for further exploration. (RI&RL)
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.6.4 Independently and collaboratively produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are culturally sustaining and rhetorically authentic to task, purpose, and audience.
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