English and Language Arts
A collection of poems written by students on climate change from the Young Poets Network.
Lesson idea: during a unit on poetry, give students a few of these poems of different styles to read and discuss and then create a poem of their own
UN Climate Summit Poem: "Dear Matafele Peinem"
A Language of Change by David Sergeant
Sonnets: Love Poems in the Time of Climate Change
Example from our partners at High School in the Community: host a school-wide poetry competition where students submit poems on climate change. Select faculty judge the poems and award a gift card to the best poem.
10 Research Paper Topics on Climate Change
If you were president, what would you do about climate change?
Life in the future writing activity: Imagine the life of someone your age in your town or city 50 years from now. What will it look like? How will it have changed? (from CABE green day activity kit)
Writing about climate change
Speech and Debate
Natural Gas: A Cleaner Energy Solution or Just another Fossil Fuel? A writing and debate activity from National Geographic
Decision Making: A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm Students take on different roles in order to decide if a company is allowed to build a new plant in a fictional town
Cars of the future public speaking project
Teach climate related vocab and assign level appropriate writing assignment using the target words
First to Fall: an ESL class on the first casualties of climate change. Goes through three stages of conducting an ESL class on climate change. From busyteacher.org
NASA Earth Minute. Short videos with illustrations and subtitles that help explain different aspects of climate change.
In a class with students from many different countries: have students compare and contrast the U.S. with their home countries on attitudes towards the environment, contributions to climate change, and actions towards tackling the problem.
Climate change lesson from BBC Teaching English