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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Justice, Health

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  • Lesson Plan, 30 - 60 minutes
  • Article

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Black Lives Matter and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

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  • This media literacy lesson helps students identify factual news information from opinion by analyzing two different articles about climate change and the Black Lives Matter movement. 
  • Students will use critical thinking skills to evaluate the content of the articles and answer the selected questions.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson includes decoding questions related to many different subjects: social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy.
  • The lesson plan and student activities can be used digitally or printed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to make a free account with Project Look Sharp to access the resources. 
  • Teachers will benefit from reading the Activity Plan and How-To Guide for student differentiation recommendations. 


Scientist Notes
The resource provides detailed activities on the social and environmental impacts of climate change on low-income households and people of color. It reflects how minorities are worst hit by climate change and the related environmental hazards. This is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
      • RI.11-12.6 Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
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