Teaching Activity. By Alma Anderson McDonald.
A teacher looks back on her childhood to discover the meaning of environmental racism. Linda Christensen offers ways to teach about this story with students.
Teaching Activity. By Jill Howdyshell.
This article describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 15 pages.
A lesson examining the motives, goals, and environmental consequences of the coal mining industry.
Teaching Activity. By Abby Mac Phail. 17 pages.
Role play on the Keystone XL Pipeline battle.
‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change
Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages.
A role play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.
Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow.
Role play in the form of a trial to determine who was responsible for the death of Irish peasants during the potato famine.
Teaching Activity. By Hannah Jones.
The global movement to get institutions to divest from fossil fuels began with students. This article tells the inspiring story.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow.
Through encountering “clues,” students probe the dangerous link between fossil fuels, carbon, and climate change.
Teaching Activity. By Brady Bennon.
A high school humanities teacher introduces students to the human cost of climate change, building empathy for climate change refugees like those in the island nation of Kiribati.
Teaching activity by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Bill Bigelow, and Andrew Duden. Article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. 15 pages.
A role play that helps students recognize the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow, Adam Sanchez, and Tim Swinehart.
A role-play activity engages students in building solidarity among different groups and organizations fighting fossil fuels and searching for alternatives.
Teaching Activity. By Rosemarie Frascella.
Our extractive fossil fuel-based economy has always demanded that some people’s homes and health be sacrificed for the benefit of more privileged and powerful others. This article explores how one teacher engages her students in thinking about how “sacrifice zones” play out in their lives.
Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart. 2014.
Articles, student readings, and teaching activities to understand environmental problems and imagine solutions.
Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Summer 2011.
Rethinking Schools exposes links between Scholastic and the coal industry.
Book – Non-fiction. By Naomi Klein. 2015.
Naomi Klein tackles the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.
Book – Non-fiction. By Eric Schlosser. 2006.
Geared to the young consumer, takes a bite out of fast-food industry.
Book – Non-fiction. By Mark Nowak. 2009.
An expose of the coal industry using a combination of poetry, images, first person testimonies, and newspaper accounts.
Book – Non-fiction. By Bill McKibben. 2011.
A guide to living on and healing a fundamentally altered planet.
Book – Non-fiction. By Paul Fleischman. 2014.
A young adult primer on the environmental crisis.