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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Activity - Classroom, 60 minutes

Regional Focus




Write and Perform a Climate Monologue

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  • In this exciting activity, students research other monologues, write a script, and then perform their monologue about a climate change topic. 

Teaching Tips


  • This resource promotes various skills such as communication, creativity, confidence, self-expression, writing, and acting.
  • Students have been provided with a definition of the term "monologue" and a link to various climate monologues for inspiration.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be taught to speak confidently and audibly when presenting their monologue, so a vocal warm-up exercise might help them prepare.
  • Teachers can print the student handout or share it with students digitally.


  • Teachers could help students in writing the script by setting guidelines for the topics, storylines, or length.
  • Advanced students could be tasked to write a monologue about a specific climate change issue, such as climate anxiety, climate migration, national security concerns, sea level rise, or species extinctions.
  • Before students present their monologue, teachers could help students practice speaking in various pitches, tones, and volumes to display different moods and feelings.
  • Support students that may want to share their own personal climate change story by making sure that all students in the class treat each other with respect.
  • Another recommended resource is Solve Climate Change While Acting.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides students the requisite skills in writing and delivering a monologue, a good method to lead in climate conversation. This is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.11-12.3 Create writing that utilizes: a) Organization: introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, analysis, information, and claims so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole. Establish and maintain a structure and conventions consistent with the mode of writing. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the topic, themes, and experiences presented in the text; b) Transitions: use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts; c) Word Choice (including domain-specific): use culturally-sustaining language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. Use techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
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