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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Health

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  • Lesson Plans, 30 - 60 minutes
  • Articles and Websites

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Black Lives Matter and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

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  • This media literacy lesson helps students identify factual news information from opinion by analyzing two different articles about climate change and the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to evaluate the content of the articles and answer the selected questions.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson includes decoding questions related to many different subjects: social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy.
  • The lesson plan and student activities can be used digitally or printed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to make a free account with Project Look Sharp to access the resources. 
  • Teachers will benefit from reading the Activity Plan and How-To Guide for student differentiation recommendations. 


Scientist Notes
The resource provides detailed activities on the social and environmental impacts of climate change on low-income households and people of color. It reflects how minorities are worst hit by climate change and the related environmental hazards. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.14.9-12 Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.6 Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
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