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  • Lesson Plans, 45-90 minutes
  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 1 minute, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 6 minutes, 25 minutes, CC, Subtitles

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North America, United States


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Sharing Your Climate Story

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  • This lesson plan introduces students to telling their personal story about climate change and how it has affected them.
  • Students will learn about the effects of climate change in each state and watch two short videos before writing their narrative.
Teaching Tips


  • The videos provide examples of personal narratives about climate-related issues. 
  • The narratives can be sent to the congressional representatives for each student.



  • While the lesson provides a worksheet that identifies and separates the paragraphs, consider including starter sentences to scaffold the writing for younger students.
  • The lesson plan was written with high school in mind but it could easily be used in middle school as well.
  • Science classes could use this lesson to improve their communication skills regarding scientific topics by including an additional paragraph about the scientific evidence. 
Scientist Notes

This resource provides a good method for students to share their climate stories and write letters or emails to their representatives to request they support policies that would mitigate climate change. All activities and content actuates good climate conversations and narratives. This is recommended for teaching.

  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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