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Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts

This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process. This rigorous, structured process includes:

  • team-based development to ensure materials are appropriate across multiple educational settings.
  • multiple iterative reviews and feedback cycles through the course of material development with input to the authoring team from both project editors and an external assessment team.
  • real in-class testing of materials in at least 3 institutions with external review of student assessment data.
  • multiple reviews to ensure the materials meet the InTeGrate materials rubric which codifies best practices in curricular development, student assessment and pedagogic techniques.
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This page first made public: Mar 7, 2016

Summary

This module addresses both aspects of climate literacy: understanding of climate science through data analysis and interpretation, and understanding of literary tools and techniques through which climate science is portrayed. The module is designed to be completed in introductory natural science classes where literature is not typically included as well as in humanities classes where climate change science is not normally addressed. Students will engage in activities that address both climate change science and climate change literature, including graphing data, working in groups to analyze and interpret data, creating a concept map, conducting rhetorical analyses, and writing and responding to a blog.

Strengths of the Module

Students who learn with this module will:
  • 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.
In working with data, students will:
  • 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.
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NGSS in this Module

Overall, this module provides an opportunity to engage students in an interdisciplinary activity that combines analysis techniques from English/Language Arts and science. Students engage in data analysis and interpretation of regional and global climate data, and analyze different genres of written texts (including fiction) for literary techniques and strategies, ultimately combining the two types of analyses to develop their own communication strategies for climate change science.

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.

Addressed grand challenges in earth and environmental science:

  • Recognizing the signal within the natural variability
  • Quantifying consequences, impacts, and effects
  • Effectively communicating uncertainty and relative risk

Addressed grand challenges in Earth system science for global sustainability:

  • 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
  • Literature
  • 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).


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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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