We began this blog in 2017 as Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference was co-published by Routledge and the National Council of Teachers of English. Drawing on examples from dozens of middle school, high school, and college English classrooms, this book shows students using the language arts to ask important questions and make a difference. The website supporting this book is rich with resource links, activities, and further readings.Our blog fosters a growing community of teachers in different disciplines elementary through college who are teaching, learning, and taking action to address the climate emergency.
We publish posts that tell classroom stories, provide ideas and resources, and inspire teachers and students to understand, educate others, and confront the greatest crisis human beings have ever faced. Subscribe to ETCCC! And, we welcome submissions!
Climate change is not just a scientific problem. Global warming has profound social, cultural, historical and political causes and impacts. Students and their communities are best able to work toward sustainability and climate justice when have inquired into the global warming’s human impacts, its social complexity, and its uneven and unfair consequences. ETCCC will demonstrate that literature, documentary and dramatic film, essays, non-fiction, creative and persuasive writing, mass media and social media analysis and production, drama, games, and interdisciplinary inquiry are all vital to understanding climate change.
Rick Beach and Allen Webb also address why teach climate change in the English language arts classroom at the NCTE & Literacy blog (Part I and Part II).