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Women and Climate Reading Comprehension

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  • This reading comprehension resource explains how empowering women can have positive impacts on the climate through education, family planning, and equity in opportunities and government.
  • This resource includes a teacher's guide and printable reading passages with corresponding comprehension questions.
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  • The reading passage included in this resource is very informative, and the comprehension questions do a good job of assessing students' understanding of the material. 
  • The included graphs and charts are beneficial for understanding and will be helpful for visual learners. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to read bar and dot graphs. 
  • Consider distributing the passage and questions digitally to conserve paper. 
  • The article discusses the use of contraceptives for family planning.
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  • This resource would work well in a social studies classroom for discussing gender equality, the role of government in establishing policies to protect and empower women, or women in government.
  • Before reading, have a class brainstorm around the role of women in climate change and how gender equity impacts climate change. Teachers can ask students the following questions:
    • What were your thoughts on this topic before reading the article?
    • How did your ideas and opinions change after reading the article?
    • What did you find surprising? 
  • As a reading comprehension activity, this article provides good examples of using charts and graphs to deepen understanding. This is important nonfiction reading work and can be taught by stopping to read, think about, and analyze the graphs included in the reading passage. 
Scientist Notes
This resource is suitable to deepen students' insights on the role women can play in tackling climate change if they are given equal opportunities in education, land ownership, and political participation. The resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.1.8.CivicsPI.3.c: Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
    • World History: Global Studies - History, Culture, and Perspectives
      • 6.2.12.HistoryCC.3.b: Explain how industrialization and urbanization affected class structure, family life, the daily lives of men, women, and children, and the environment.
      • 6.2.12.HistoryCC.5.h: Analyze how feminist movements and social conditions have affected the lives of women in different parts of the world, and evaluate women’s progress toward social equality, economic equality, and political equality in various countries.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CR.11–12.1 Accurately cite a range of thorough textual evidence and make relevant connections to strongly support a comprehensive analysis of multiple aspects of what an informational text says explicitly and inferentially, as well as interpretations of the text.
      • RI.IT.11–12.3 Analyze the impact of an author's choices as they develop ideas throughout the text regarding a complex set of ideas or sequence of events, and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop.
      • RI.PP.11–12.5 Analyze an author’s purpose in a text distinguishing what is directly stated in a text or through rhetoric, analyzing how style and content convey information and advance a point of view.
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