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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication


11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Worksheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Activity - Classroom, 40 minutes
  • Podcasts, 90 seconds
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States



Connecting Data to Storytelling

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  • In this activity, students will listen to a 90-second radio story and then use the Yale Climate Opinion Maps to find out more about the climate opinions of the community featured in the story. 
  • Using the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework, students will make a claim based on evidence from the story and the data, and their own reasoning. 
Teaching Tips


  • The Student Page is an easy-to-follow fillable pdf that guides students through the activity.
  • There are many radio stories to choose from.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should be familiar with the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework; more information about the framework can be found here.


  • This activity would work well in statistics classes because it makes data more relevant and accessible to others.
  • Teachers could use this lesson multiple times with different radio episodes.
  • After completing the activity, students could exchange their responses with another student and then evaluate one another's claims, evidence, and reasoning.
  • Other resources on this topic include this mind map featuring solutions for global warming and this activity on navigating Yale Climate Maps.
Scientist Notes
Students can explore this resource to learn and gain insights on climate storytelling from the radio, articles, charts, visuals and other media available in the resource to make climate knowledge and conversation relatable. All materials have been validated and suitable for students to use. The resource 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.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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