Most teachers say they don’t teach climate change because they feel it’s outside their subject area. Yet we English language arts teachers know better. —Millie Davis, “Why Our Students Need Us to Teach about Climate Change”
As we celebrate Earth Day 2020, explore the possibilities for discussion and investigation in these NCTE resources:
- This ReadWriteThink blog catalogs a variety of lesson plans, activities, and web sites related to Earth Day
- Three NCTE authors (Richard Beach, Jeff Share, Allen Webb) demonstrate how we can address this subject with “with enormous ethical, social, political, and cultural dimensions” within our own curriculum. Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference illustrates how the NCTE Resolution on Literacy Teaching on Climate Change can come to life when we fit the subject into existing courses and use already available materials. The book gives teachers tools and teaching ideas to support building climate change material into their own classrooms and features a complementary website.
- Hear the authors talk about the book in their interview on Education Talk Radio.
- Read the Council Chronicle article Does Climate Change Have a Place in the English Classroom?
- Read related blogs by the authors Richard Beach, Jeff Share, Allen Webb:
Why Address Climate Change in the English Language Arts Classroom, Part 1
Why Address Climate Change in the English Language Arts Classroom, Part 2