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Project Drawdown

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Video, 13 minutes, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City

Jennifer Seda: Stewarding Rivers and Community in the Bronx

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Synopsis
  • This video interview focuses on current community service projects by the Bronx River Alliance in Starlight Park, near the Bronx River in New York, NY.
  • Students will learn about Jennifer Seda and her contributions to a community garden, river clean-up, and neighborhood beautification, as well as park clean-ups so that the trash does not end up in the river to further contaminate the planet.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Visuals of animals and nature are shown as Ms. Seda describes her passions and life experiences.
  • Community service is portrayed in many different ways, and always as a positive element for citizens of all ages.
  • Detailed discussion questions are included, as well as several links to provide more information about climate solutions. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Being alone during the pandemic is mentioned, so teachers should be prepared for student discussions of their experiences during that time. 
  • Ms. Seda mentions being a vegan, so students may wish to discuss that lifestyle and what foods are avoided.
  • Students should be introduced to the concept of "stewarding" before viewing.

Differentiation

  • Gardening is a major part of the video, so science teachers might use this information as a first step in planning a class garden. 
  • Community advocacy at the federal, state, and city levels is mentioned, so social studies teachers can have students watch the video, and then research civic issues at the local level.
  • Ms. Seda compares meeting like-minded people to a comfort blanket. English teachers can use the video as the starting point for a creative writing exercise about metaphorical comfort blankets. 
  • Another expanded lesson generated from the video is the concept of changing the narrative, especially a narrative surrounding a place or a neighborhood.
  • Guidance counselors can show this video as a discussion starter regarding community service projects at the school level or for career conversations.
  • This video is one of a larger documentary project highlighting climate heroes, so teachers can create small-group research projects with the set of videos.
Scientist Notes
Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution. The climate science discussed in this video is accurate.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with peers on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with peers on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
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