Jennifer Hanselman (Westfield State University), Rick Oches (Bentley University), Jennifer Silko (Pennsylvania State University), Laura Wright (Western Carolina University), InTeGrate, SERC
Activity takes about one 50-minute class period.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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High School: 1 Science and Engineering Practice
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- This activity may be applicable in a wide range of different climate science courses, units, etc. in high school and college.
- This assignment could be used in a science class to broaden communication skills, or it could be used in a humanities or writing course to strengthen science skills. The activity is deliberately designed to be used either way.
- This activity can follow Unit 2 (of the InTeGrate module Climate Science and Literacy Texts), or it can be taught as a stand-alone unit that focuses on literary terminology, climate change issues as represented in fiction, and rhetorical analysis.
- Educator should be sure to have a scientist/mentor, if their background in climate science is weak, to answer questions that may arise.
About the Science
- This activity deals with climate change literary genres, by exploring different texts and analyzing how those texts engage different audiences about climate change concepts.
Comments from expert scientist:
- Distinguishes between different concepts of climate change with each type of text and the influences climate change has
- This is definitely more of a literary assignment with a pinch of science in it for context, but nonetheless a great learning resource!
About the Pedagogy
- Students analyze various kinds of textual genres – including peer-reviewed journal articles, trade journal publications, editorials, works of fiction, and blogs – that engage with the concept of climate change in order to articulate the differences among different types of texts and the audiences for each.
- The intent of this exercise is for students to learn how to interpret a text and consider different approaches and perspectives. Students also gain an understanding for how climate change is treated in different forms of literature.
- Students work independently and in small groups and discuss their analysis with the whole class.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Activity supports:
Science and Engineering Practices: 1
HS-P8.2:Compare, integrate and evaluate sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a scientific question or solve a problem.