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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Global Warming's Six Americas, Fall 2023

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Synopsis
  • This is the most recent update on the "Six Americas" from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
  • The "Six Americas" are six groups based on their opinion of climate change. These six groups are Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, and Dismissive.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The article features an embedded image showing the Six Americas over time.
  • It allows students to see how perspectives have changed and that more people are becoming aware of the climate crisis.

Additional Prerequisites

Differentiation

  • Students can design and conduct a survey of their classmates and teachers in school to see their views on climate change.
  • This would be a great interdisciplinary reading and activity, where students could graph their results and write a short report on their findings.
  • Students could take the Six Americas Super Short Survey to see if they are Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, or Dismissive.
Scientist Notes
The resource outlines a survey to investigate behavioral and strategic communication patterns towards climate change. The method used in delineating the six groups for the study is appropriate, and the resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.2.9-12 Construct explanations using sound reasoning, correct sequence (linear or non-linear), examples, and details with significant and pertinent information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanation given its purpose (e.g., cause and effect, chronological, procedural, technical).
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
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