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Author

ClimateScience

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subject

English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans, 60 minutes
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Writing Cli-Fi

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Synopsis
  • In this activity, students practice their creative writing skills and learn about the concept of climate fiction (cli-fi) by writing a short cli-fi story. 
  • Students select one of five prompts to spur their writing, and optional extension activities for each prompt are included in the teacher guide. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Writing fiction can help reduce the overwhelming feelings that sometimes can come with learning about climate change problems.
  • The prompts are fun and encourage creativity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This can be used as a class activity or homework.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can expand on this by having students write a longer piece or create artwork to accompany their writing.
  • Students can read their stories aloud to the class or swap stories with a classmate to read.
  • Teachers can publish some of the pieces in the school's newspaper, on the school's website, in the yearbook, or on climate change platforms online.
  • Your students can read and analyze the first chapter of Kim Stanley Robinson's Ministry for the Future, which is a cli-fi book about a deadly heatwave in India in the future.
Scientist Notes
Students can learn skills on climate storytelling to be able to lead climate conversations in their environment. The resource is recommended.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-10.2 Write text in a variety of modes: a) Write arguments and literary analysis to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning, literary theory, and relevant and sufficient evidence which introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns; b) Write informative texts that examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content by introducing a topic; organizing complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; including formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension; developing the topic with well chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, and other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic; c) Write narratives that develop real or imagined experiences or events using relevant descriptive details, and well structured event sequences that organize an event sequence logically. Engages and orients the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator or characters; using techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
      • W.11-12.2 Write text in a variety of modes: a) Write arguments and literary analysis to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts. Establish the significance of the claim(s) using valid reasoning. literary theory and relevant and sufficient evidence which introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns; b) Write informative texts that examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content by introducing a topic; organizing complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; including formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension; thoroughly developing the topic by selecting the most significant and relevant well-chosen facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, and other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic; c) Write narratives that develop real or imagined experiences or events using relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences that organize an event sequence logically. Engages and orients the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator or characters; using techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
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