Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
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This page first made public: Mar 7, 2016
Strengths of the Module
- Plot and interpret climate change data and relate interpretations to climate system interactions.
- Rhetorically analyze the treatment of a climate change issue in a work of climate change literature.
- Assess the value of both literature and scientific data in communicating the grand societal challenge represented by climate change.
- Download and graph climate-related data including precipitation, temperature, and sea ice extent using Excel.
- Identify and describe trends in paleoclimatic and modern data.
- Make use of different literary techniques to present data.
Supported Earth Science Literacy Principles:
- Big idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet.
Supported Essential Principles of Climate Science:
- Essential principle 4: Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.
- Essential principle 7: Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.
- Recognizing the signal within the natural variability
- Quantifying consequences, impacts, and effects
- Effectively communicating uncertainty and relative risk
- Determine how to anticipate, avoid, and manage disruptive global environmental change.
- Determine institutional, economic, and behavioral changes to enable effective steps toward global sustainability.
- Encourage innovation (and mechanisms for evaluation) in technological, policy, and social responses to achieve global sustainability.
A great fit for courses in:
- Environmental science
- Environmental studies
- Climate science
- Science communication
- Global change
This module is designed as an introduction to climate change and as an introduction to climate change literature. While this material is designed at an undergraduate level of instruction, it can be adapted to graduate level classes (see testing examples). This module can be used in a wide variety of classes -- in the humanities, social sciences, and earth, biological, natural, and environmental sciences -- that want to include climate change as part of the curricula. We have tested this module in an undergraduate literature classes (traditional/face-to-face), several undergraduate introductory, non-major geology classes (online and traditional), an undergraduate introductory, non-major environmental science and sustainability class (traditional), and a graduate level climate change class (online).
Table of Contents
- Instructor Materials: Overview of the Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts Module
Unit 1Overview of Earth's Climate System Unit 2Communicating Climate Part 1: The Science of Climate Change Unit 3Communicating Climate Part 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change Unit 4Read and Analyze a Short Story Unit 5Literary Representation of a Grand Societal Challenge
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