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The All We Can Save Project

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subject

English Language Arts

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  • Lesson Plans
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Global

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Create a TED-Style Climate Talk

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Synopsis
  • This lesson plan provides teachers with instructions for a project on crafting and delivering a TED-style talk about a climate topic. 
  • Students will watch several exemplar talks, develop their public speaking skills, consider the components of a strong talk, craft and draft scripts, and present their talks. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This lesson plan has everything teachers need to conduct a mini-unit on crafting and delivering TED-style talks. 
  • Students will be engaged in this meaningful and creative project because they get to choose a climate topic of personal interest. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have prior knowledge of climate change. 
  • To film their talks, students will need access to cameras, phones, or computers. 

Differentiation

  • Science classes could use this project at the end of a unit on climate science. Students could choose from topics they have learned about or come up with their own topic.
  • This resource is designed for two or more sessions, but can easily be scaled up to become a full learning unit. 
  • For younger students or students who are reluctant about public speaking, consider having students work in groups.
  • As an extension, have students submit their TED talks to a larger audience, like a local TEDx or a school or class website. 
  • Other related resources include this list of tips for talking about climate change, this video on effective climate communication, and this project on addressing the school board about climate action. 
Scientist Notes
This resource is suitable to build students' confidence and skills to generate novel ideas for climate action and present them in public gatherings. This is ideal and recommended.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.PI.7.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
      • SL.PI.11-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically. The content, organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
      • SL.AS.11-12.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.WP.11–12.4 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, trying a new approach; sustaining effort to complete complex writing tasks; tracking and reflecting on personal writing progress (e.g., using portfolios, journals, conferencing); or consulting a style manual (such as MLA or APA Style), focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
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