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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Artwork
  • Video
  • Article

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Ocean Advocacy Art Gallery

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  • This student art gallery displays all types of visual, performing, and literary artwork about climate change, biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, and other ocean-related topics.
  • Students will see the award-winning poetry, musical performances, paintings, illustrated videos, and other types of art from the Annual Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest.
Teaching Tips


  • There are many works that will inspire students to take action or create their own climate-related artwork.
  • The site has an enormous amount of art.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some of the videos take a while to load.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change and how humans are causing it.


  • This gallery could support a classroom discussion on how different groups in America would react to the artwork in this gallery.
  • This gallery could enhance a classroom discussion about the impact art does or doesn't have on human behavior.
  • The video "Change is Possible" could accompany a classroom discussion about the Green New Deal, how it could help America fight climate change, and what political obstacles are keeping it from becoming law.
  • The poem "Cheeseburgers Killed the Movement" could supplement a classroom discussion about the extent to which personal responsibility should be emphasized when talking about climate change.
  • The musical performances display how one student can make their own duet or quartet using video and recording software. Consider using these videos to encourage music students to create their own arrangements and record each part for the ensemble.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is an online art gallery focused on ocean advocacy, featuring the work of high school students from around the world. From poetry to creative writing and short films, thoughtful works of art that are focused on the world’s oceans are showcased. These works show the great creativity of the student artists, as well as their understanding of the threats our oceans face. This resource is sure to inspire students and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Media Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • MA:Re8.1.IIa Analyze the intent, meanings, and influence of a variety of media artworks, based on personal, societal, historical, and cultural contexts.
    • Music - Composition and Theory: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • MU:Re7.2.C.Ia Analyze aurally the elements of music (including form) of musical works, relating them to style, mood, and context, and describe how the analysis provides models for personal growth as composer, performer, and/or listener.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
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