CLEAN Teleconference Call October 17, 2017

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Methods and Activities for Addressing Climate Change in the Classroom

Abstract: We will present instructional methods contained in the new book, Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference, by Richard Beach, Jeff Share, and Allen Webb (2017) co-published by Routledge Press and the National Council of Teachers of English. Additional resources and activities are located on the book's website http://climatechangeela.pbworks.com/ and blog ETCCC. (English Teachers Concerned about Climate Change https://etcccsite.com). This book provides secondary English teachers theoretical frameworks along with practical applications for teaching about climate change and environmental justice. The lessons, activities, and resources provide students with methods for analysis of economics, energy, agriculture, transportation/housing, and political systems related to climate change and developing alternative energy sources. We discuss ways for responding to portrayals of climate change in cli-fi literature; having students engage in writing about climate change; fostering critical media literacy associated with representations of climate change; engaging students in video games and drama related to coping with future climate change effects; developing interdisciplinary activities for addressing climate change; and fostering students' civic engagement in schools and communities to address climate change, as evident in the example of a group of students' lawsuit charging the federal government with neglect in addressing climate change.

Bio: Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus of English Education at the University of Minnesota.

He is co-author of Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference (climatechangeela.pbworks.com); Teaching Literature to Adolescents(teachingliterature.pbworks.com); Understanding and Creating Digital Texts: An Activity-Based Approach(digitalwriting.pbworks.com); and Using Apps for Learning Across the Curriculum: A Literacy-Based Framework and Guide(usingipads.pbworks.com). He served as a former President of the Literacy Research Association.

Jeff Share worked for ten years as a freelance photojournalist and seven years as an elementary school teacher in downtown Los Angeles. He now works as a Faculty Advisor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with new teachers in the master's level credentialing program. He also provides professional development training in critical media literacy with teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as educators across the US and internationally. His research focuses on theoretical frameworks and practical applications for teaching critical media literacy in inner-city classrooms. In 2015, Share published the second edition of his book, Media Literacy is Elementary: Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media.

Allen Webb is a Professor of English at Western Michigan University where he teaches courses in English education, postcolonial studies, and climate change. He taught high school in West Linn, Oregon, and has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. He has written a dozen books for teachers including Literature and Lives: A Response-based, Cultural Studies Approach to Teaching English, Teaching Literature of Today's Middle East, and Literature and the Web. He served as a former President of the Michigan Conference on English Education.

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