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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Geography, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans, 30 - 60 mins
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 49 seconds

Regional Focus

Global, Oceania, Asia


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Rising Sea Refugees

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  • This media literacy lesson includes two clips from documentaries about flooding and climate change, discussion questions, and tips for decoding media.
  • Students will see presentations about the impacts of sea level rise on human communities from "Before the Flood" and "How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things That Climate Can't Change."
Teaching Tips


  • Students may recognize the films or some of the actors.
  • There is a guide to decoding media included.

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  • This lesson can be used to introduce an ELA lesson about perspective and audience when writing or presenting.
  • Science classes can integrate this lesson into topics such as the water cycle, global change, or properties of water.
  • Social studies classes could use this resource to expand a lesson about the social impacts of climate change, human migration due to climate change, or the unequal effects of climate change around the world.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores the impact of, and underlying consequences of rising seas on human migration and political stability, including the coastal communities and low-income households. This is recommended for students to sharpen their understanding of the existing vulnerabilities and proffer solutions for their communities.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.6 Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, identifying important issues that remain unresolved.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
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