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    • Coal, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Mountaintop Removal (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Coal, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Mountaintop Removal

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 15 pages.
      A lesson examining the motives, goals, and environmental consequences of the coal mining industry.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change

    • Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages.
      A role play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Native American, Pacific Islander, Science, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry

    • Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
      A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • Hunger on Trial: An Activity on the Irish Potato Famine and Its Meaning for Today

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 5 pages.
      Role play in the form of a trial to determine who was responsible for the death of Irish peasants during the potato famine.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Immigration, Social Class, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Paradise Lost: Introducing Students to Climate Change Through Story (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Paradise Lost: Introducing Students to Climate Change Through Story

    • Teaching Activity. By Brady Bennon. 7 pages.
      A high school humanities teacher introduces students to the human cost of climate change, building empathy for climate change refugees like those in the island nation of Kiribati.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Pacific Islander | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Line of demonstrators at Standing Rock. Image: Barbara Miner | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline

    • Article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. Teaching activity by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Bill Bigelow, and Andrew Duden. 15 pages.
      A role play helps students recognize the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Imperialism, Native American, Organizing |
    • Teaching the Levees

    • Website with teaching guide. 2007.
      Classroom resources on Hurricane Katrina.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. 215 pages.
      A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Chew on This

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Eric Schlosser. 2006. 318 pages.
      Geared to the young consumer, takes a bite out of fast-food industry.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Coal Mountain Elementary

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Mark Nowak. 2009. 190 pages.
      An expose of the coal industry using a combination of poetry, images, first person testimonies, and newspaper accounts.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Environment & Food, Labor | Reading Levels: High School
    • Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Bill McKibben. 288 pages. 2011.
      A guide to living on and healing a fundamentally altered planet.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Paul Fleischman. 2014. 208 pages.
      A young adult primer on the environmental crisis.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Harriet Rohmer. 2009. 109 pages.
      Presents the true stories of 12 people across North America who are challenging environmental devastation. Written for middle school readers.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac. 2009. 32 pages.
      The life of environmental activist Rachel Carson for upper elementary.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Jeff Biggers. 2014 (2nd edition). 328 pages.
      The untold history of coal mining in the U.S. through the lens of race, labor, and the environment.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Labor | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Sense of Wonder

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Rachel Carson. 1998 (originally 1964). 112 pages.
      An antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Naomi Klein. 2015. 576 pages.
      Naomi Klein tackles the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food |
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