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Authors

Climate Outreach, Robin Webster

Grades

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

Subjects

Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Digital Text

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Talking Climate Handbook - How to Have a Climate Change Conversation

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Synopsis
  • This guidebook provides eight guidelines for having productive climate change conversations.
  • Students will learn techniques for starting a climate change conversation, phrases and questions to keep the conversation going, advice for being a good listener, and solutions for overcoming conversation challenges.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The guide is well organized and easy to use.
  • The executive summary on page four offers a useful summary for both students and teachers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers can watch video recordings of webinars for guidance on how to use the discussion guide. Links are provided in the list of references.

Differentiation

  • Teachers could provide students with a list of phrases and questions from the guide and have them conduct mock climate conversations.
  • Students could make a list of barriers to productive climate conversations and then use the guide to find solutions for each of the barriers.
  • Other resources on this topic include this TED video on strategies for climate change conversations, this video on how different generations talk about climate change, and this article that provides five easy-to-understand facts to use in climate conversations. 
Scientist Notes
There is no misconception in the article. The article is recommended for teaching environmental and climate justice.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • 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.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.8.GCA.2: Demonstrate openness to diverse ideas and perspectives through active discussions to achieve a group goal.
      • 9.4.12.GCA.1: Collaborate with individuals to analyze a variety of potential solutions to climate change effects and determine why some solutions (e.g., political. economic, cultural) may work better than others (e.g., SL.11-12.1., HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-4, 6.3.12.GeoGI.1, 7.1.IH.IPERS.6, 7.1.IL.IPERS.7, 8.2.12.ETW.3).
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