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The goal of this module is to explore different approaches to communicating climate change, including peer-reviewed scientific articles, blogs, editorials, and fictional literature. You will first learn about the key components of Earth's climate system and begin to learn how to read, create, and interpret scientific graphs. You will also learn how fictional literature is a powerful tool for inspiring readers about the urgency of climate change.
There are 5 units in this Module:
Unit 1: Overview of Earth's Climate System:
In Unit 1, you are introduced to basic concepts related to Earth's climate system. You will examine data sets related to global climate change, make observations about trends and variability in those data, and begin to link climate data to climate system processes.
- Overview of Earth's Climate System PowerPoint (PowerPoint 15.1MB Mar17 16)
- Unit 1 Part 1 Assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 596kB Mar17 16)
- Unit 1 Part 2 Assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 17kB Mar17 16)
Unit 2: Communicating Climate 1: The Science of Climate Change:
In Unit 2, you will create and interpret your own graphs of climate change data that will complement the short fictional works that follow. This unit provides you with a deeper understanding of the climate change data available and develops your ability to describe, interpret, and communicate those data. You will also develop their scientific communication skills as they explain climate change data to a non-specialist audience using a blog.
Materials:A: Data files supporting the short story, "The Tamarisk Hunter"
- Global Temp Anomaly (C) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 13kB Jul7 14)
- SW U.S. Temp Data (F) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 12kB Jul7 14)
- SW U.S. Precip Data (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 11kB Jul7 14)
- SW US Palmer Drought Index (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 11kB Jul7 14)
- Global Temp Anomaly (F) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 14kB Jul7 14)
B: Data files supporting the short story, "Diary of an Interesting Year"
- SW U.S. Temp Anomaly (F) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 13kB Jul8 14)
- Northern Hemis. Sea Ice Extent, September (10^6 km2) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 14kB Jul7 14)
- Central England Annual Precip (mm) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 14kB Jul7 14)
- Central England Annual Temp Anomaly (C) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 19kB Jul7 14)
- Central England Mean Annual Temp (C) (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 19kB Jul7 14)
- Unit 2 - Student Assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 19kB Mar18 16)
Unit 3: Communicating Climate 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change:
In Unit 3, you are introduced to literary genres of climate change through class discussion. You will be learn to distinguish the differences in the types of texts and describe how those texts engage readers about climate change concepts. You will also learn to do a rhetorical analysis of a literary work.
- Copies of Unit 3 Parts 1 and 2 Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 112kB Mar20 16)
- Information about rhetorical analysis (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 64kB Mar20 16)
- Glossary of literary terms: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/575/1/
- sample genre examples (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 133kB Mar20 16)
Unit 4: Read an Analyze a Short Story:
In Unit 4, you will apply your knowledge of cli-fi when provided with a fictional short story. After reading a short story, you will discuss its climate change significance, explain its literary context, and rhetorically analyze the fictional work.
- Terms, Rhetorical Analysis, Genres Slideshow (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.1MB Mar20 16)
- Copies of Unit 4 Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 15kB Feb24 16)
Unit 5: Literary Representation of a Grand Societal Challenge:
In the final unit of the module, you will synthesize their understanding of climate science and modes of communication, and you will reflect on the connection between climate change data and select fictional works. You will explore different ways to communicate climate change principles to a variety of audience types.
- Unit 5 Poster Directions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16kB Mar20 16)
Recommended reading (Your instructors will select specific short stories from this compilation and provide them to you):
Martin, Mark (editor), 2011. I'm With The Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet. London, Verso, 196 pages.