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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Global Warming's Six Americas, Fall 2023

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Synopsis
  • This is the most recent update on the "Six Americas" from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
  • The "Six Americas" are six groups based on their opinion of climate change. These six groups are Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, and Dismissive.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The article features an embedded image showing the Six Americas over time.
  • It allows students to see how perspectives have changed and that more people are becoming aware of the climate crisis.

Additional Prerequisites

Differentiation

  • Students can design and conduct a survey of their classmates and teachers in school to see their views on climate change.
  • This would be a great interdisciplinary reading and activity, where students could graph their results and write a short report on their findings.
  • Students could take the Six Americas Super Short Survey to see if they are Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, or Dismissive.
Scientist Notes
The resource outlines a survey to investigate behavioral and strategic communication patterns towards climate change. The method used in delineating the six groups for the study is appropriate, and the resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; draw connections between the events to determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.8.CI.1: Assess data gathered on varying perspectives on causes of climate change (e.g., crosscultural, gender-specific, generational), and determine how the data can best be used to design multiple potential solutions (e.g., RI.7.9, 6.SP.B.5, 7.1.NH.IPERS.6, 8.2.8.ETW.4).
      • 9.4.12.IML.5: Evaluate, synthesize, and apply information on climate change from various sources appropriately (e.g., 2.1.12.CHSS.6, S.IC.B.4, S.IC.B.6, 8.1.12.DA.1, 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.2).
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