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Visual Art Analysis


9th, 10th


English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts


160 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Hawai'i


Google Docs, Google Slides


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Visual Analysis: Art in Public Places

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Apr 24, 2024
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In this lesson, students learn about Hawai‘i specific climate change through visual analysis of public art and create a walking tour in their local community.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about the impact of climate change in Hawai‘i and explore artwork about climate change.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students visit and analyze local public art that tells the story of environmental impacts in Hawai‘i.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students design a local walking tour that includes public art, climate change impacts, and solutions.

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Teaching Tips


  • This lesson aligns with Hawai'i's Nā Hopena A'o HĀ-BREATH Framework.

  • Students explore their neighborhood and the world around them by going outside.

  • Students express choice and voice in identifying artwork and solutions.

  • Students are exposed to a range of ways to respond creatively to the climate crisis.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some familiarity with climate change but can also watch this refresher on climate change and solutions.

  • Students need devices and access to the Internet to research climate change and view the artworks in the virtual galleries.

  • In order to take the in-person class field trip, it may be necessary to arrange transportation and permission from the school.


Scientist Notes

Students will learn ways to use art to illustrate the effects of climate change in Hawai'i in this lesson. One of the best ways to explain climate science and to deal with extreme climatic conditions like sea level rise, unpredictable and heavy rains, greater temperatures, etc. in Hawai'i, is through art. We fact-checked the instructional materials, and this lesson passed our examination of the science.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.CI.9–10.2 Determine one or more themes of a literary text and analyze how it is developed and refined over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RL.MF.9–10.6 Analyze integrate, and evaluate multiple interpretations (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry) of a single text or text/s presented in different formats (visually, quantitatively).
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.9–10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts (including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes) to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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