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Author

Climate Reality Project

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

YouTube Video

Heartland Department of Education

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Synopsis
  • In this video, climate change denial talking points are recited alongside other assertions that are universally seen as false.
  • At the video's end, it's made clear that the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank funded by fossil fuel companies, is trying to bring climate change denial curriculum into American schools.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video is concise, well-produced, and thought provoking.
  • This video makes a connection between school curriculums and the worldwide fight against climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must know how to analyze media that makes a point implicitly instead of explicitly.
  • Students need to have a basic understanding of germ theory, gravity, the addictiveness of cigarettes, heliocentrism, and the Earth's roundness.

Differentiation

  • This video could supplement a lesson about misinformation, the responsibilities and goals of governments vs. corporations, and regulations on free speech. 
  • This video could supplement a lesson on how greed can lead to economic choices that harm individuals, communities, countries, and the world.
  • This video could supplement a lesson on how certain politicians are influenced by fossil fuel companies and how this influence impacts their legislation and decision-making.
  • In a language arts class, this video provides a good exercise for analyzing points of view, reasoning, links among ideas, word choice, tone, and assessing implicit messages.
Scientist Notes
This is a very brief ~1 minute video describing how the information taught to students may not always be the truth. This video would be a good addition to a classroom discussion about climate change and where to find the facts about the changes happening to the planet.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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