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Raye Zaragoza


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Justice, Social-Emotional Learning

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North America, United States, USA - West


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"Fight for You"

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  • This video features singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza singing "Fight for You," a song about protecting the Earth's resources, especially water resources.
  • Students will learn that Zaragoza wrote the song for the water protectors during the Standing Rock protests against the proposed oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Teaching Tips


  • This song is a great example of how individuals can use their talents to advocate for climate action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be helpful for students to know a bit of background information on the Dakota Access Pipeline and protests by Indigenous communities.
  • There are no subtitles, so transcribing and printing out the lyrics could be helpful for students with auditory disabilities.


  • Students could use their preferred artistic medium (songs, poems, painting) to convey a message about climate action.
  • Music classes could use this song in a unit on political music and protest songs.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on climate protests that worked and this TED video featuring a teenage climate activist.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a song written and performed by Raye Zaragoza. There is not science in this source to verify. However, this is a good example of what climate activism can look like. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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