This lesson aligns with Hawai‘i’s Nā Hopena A'o HĀ-BREATH Framework.
Students have the opportunity to connect with different community members to explore local changes over time.
Students have the opportunity to share personal experiences and process their emotions surrounding climate change.
Students are empowered to identify solutions to address local climate issues.
Students should possess a background understanding of the six characteristics of a personal narrative: first-person point of view, dialogue, logical sequence, action, sensory details, and the significance of their story.
Teachers should be familiar with the following ōlelo (language):
Kupuna: elders, experts, wisdom carriers
'Āina momona: rich, fertile, abundant land
Kuleana: responsibility and privilege
This lesson can be broken up into multiple class periods with the article reading, gallery walk, and narrative writing occurring on different days.
For the gallery walk, consider an added movement break.
For visually impaired students, consider printing and posting the images around the room.
Teachers can use the following scaffolding options as needed:
Teacher can assign the following enrichment options:
Students can take their narrative and rework it to emphasize one of the other six characteristics.
Students can present their narrative in another format of their choice. Options can include a song, spoken word poem, comic book, or short story.
Students can “round robin” peer edit with their table groups to look for grammar, spelling, and mechanical errors as well as offer suggestions for improvement.
Teacher can focus on or highlight specific narrative elements for the narrative writing assignment.
Teachers can challenge students to write a narrative all in dialogue, with local imagery or themed descriptions.
This lesson offers convincing data regarding the effects of climate change on biodiversity, bird species, coral reefs, natural resources, economic livelihoods, and other ecologically sensitive hotspots in Indigenous communities of Hawai'i. Additionally, it highlights certain Indigenous solutions and gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to craft an intimate story based on personal experience. It also suggests ideas that can help Indigenous people adapt to the effects of climate change. The lesson's contents were all carefully sourced, and it passed our science review procedure.