Exploring The Truth About Climate Change

Exploring The Truth About Climate Change

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  • Secondary
  • Year 8
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • Informative writing
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will explore 20 truths about climate change. They will use these truths as the basis for informative and creative writing tasks.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • know some of the truths about climate change
  • understand the impact of negative and positive language on action for climate change.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain some climate change truths
  • use hopeful language when creating informative and creative texts.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Climate Change Factsheet
Talking About Climate Change Factsheet
20 Truths About Climate Change

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • creative thinking
  • critical thinking
  • communication

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: 

Year 8 English:

  • Analyse and evaluate the ways that language features vary according to the purpose and audience of the text, and the ways that sources and quotations are used in a text (AC9E8LY03)
  • Plan, create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts, organising and expanding ideas, and selecting text structures, language features, literary devices and visual features for purposes and audiences in ways that may be imaginative, reflective, informative, persuasive and/or analytical (AC9E8LY06)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative ThinkingLiteracy

Cross-curriculum priority:  Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 8 English achievement standards: Students create written and/or multimodal texts, including literary texts for different purposes and audiences, expressing and advancing ideas with supporting evidence.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Resources Required

  • Climate Change Fact Sheet - optional
  • Devices for conducting research
  • Drawing materials.
  • 20 Truths About Climate Change - one for each student/pair
  • Teacher support - Talking About Climate Change Fact Sheet.

Resources can be found in the Lesson Plan above.

Additional Info

These lessons draw on concepts from the Carbon Almanac.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - guide class discussion and lead students in independent and group activities.

Related Professional Learning

How To Teach Sustainability With Hope 

Quick Summary: This course will help you find out how to bring hope to challenging, upsetting or worrying topics around sustainability.

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