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Yale Program on Climate Change Communication


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Art, Justice, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Worksheet
  • Lesson Plan
  • Activity - Classroom, 40 minutes
  • Podcast, 90 seconds

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Re-representing a Climate Change Story

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  • In this activity, students will choose a 90-second radio story from Yale Climate Connection's extensive library of radio stories and re-tell the story using a different medium. 
  • Students will learn about the important role that storytelling can play in science communication. 
Teaching Tips


  • Each radio story includes a transcript, so students can read along with the audio or use the text on its own.
  • The Student Page is a fillable pdf that guides students through the activity. It includes links to many radio stories, reflection questions, a rubric, and an example.
  • This activity allows students to be creative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should use the example found on page 6 of the Student Page to help students understand the activity.
  • Teachers may want to set a time limit for how long students can spend choosing a radio story. 


Scientist Notes
The resource provides students a chance to learn the basics of storytelling and to have climate conversations with their team. This resource 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.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
      • RI.7.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
      • RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
      • RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • RH.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
      • RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
      • RH.11-12.2 Determine the theme, central ideas, information, and/or perspective(s) presented in a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events, ideas, and/or author's perspective(s) develop over the course of the text.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
      • RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • WHST.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
      • WHST.11-12.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
      • WHST.11-12.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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