In this lesson, students evaluate three slogans on climate awareness and advocacy and create their own artistic slogans with four specific types of parallel structure.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students evaluate visual and writing components of three slogans on climate change awareness and advocacy.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch introductory videos on climate change, take notes on the main ideas, reflect on meaningful evidence, and discuss the effectiveness of climate protests.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn four types of parallel structure and create slogans combining parallel structures, climate change facts, and art.
This lesson can be used in all levels of English and art classes.
Art teachers can use this lesson in any unit and incorporate other art components.
Students are given voice and choice in this lesson as they learn to manipulate language to achieve different outcomes.
This lesson can be used as an introduction to climate change and overall climate awareness.
This lesson can be added to a science lesson evaluating evidence for climate change or a communications or business lesson on marketing.
This lesson can be used to discuss climate justice in social studies.
Students should have some understanding of basic grammar and parallel structure.
Students should have an understanding of slogans and their purpose.
Students should have access to computers or art materials in order to create the final version of their parallel structure slogan.
Students’ use of language and vocabulary can be simple or complex in order to fit the needs of the class.
Teachers can simplify the lesson by focusing on only one or two forms of parallel structure.
Art teachers can have students design two different visual pieces to go with the same slogan, then compare and contrast the effects of the different artistic elements on the overall message.
Additional scaffolding for AP English classes can include a discussion on the purposes and effects of each specific form of parallel structure as well as an analysis of parallel structures in literature.
Teachers can connect the parallel structure skills in this lesson to their current reading material or curriculum. For example, students can identify forms of parallel structure in previously assigned class literature or nonfiction readings.
Teachers can extend this lesson into various writing activities for students to practice expository, analytical, descriptive, or narrative writing with different forms of parallel structure.
The lesson enables students to understand the intrinsic value of slogans in climate and social justice advocacy. Students would also practice how to use artistic slogans to communicate climate change impact to diverse audiences and policymakers in order to inform better decision-making and drive climate action. All materials have been carefully reviewed, and this lesson is recommended for teaching.