Environment & Food

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    • Michele Roberts, environmental justice coordinator | Zinn Education Project
    • The Big Red Dot of Environmental Racism

    • Teaching Activity. By Alma Anderson McDonald.
      A teacher looks back on her childhood to discover the meaning of environmental racism. Linda Christensen offers ways to teach about this story with students.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Environment & Food, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • Yup'ik village children preparing salmon | Zinn Education Project
    • Climate Change and School in a Yup’ik Fishing Village

    • Teaching Activity. By Jill Howdyshell.
      This article describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Native American |
    • 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 |
    • Aerial photo of mountaintop removal | Zinn Education Project
    • From Mountaintop Removal to Divestment

    • Teaching Activity. By Hannah Jones.
      The global movement to get institutions to divest from fossil fuels began with students. This article tells the inspiring story.

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

    • Teaching activity by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Bill Bigelow, and Andrew Duden. Article by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. 15 pages.
      A role play that 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 |
    • People’s Climate March, 2014 | Zinn Education Project
    • Teaching Blockadia: How the Movement Against Fossil Fuels Is Changing the World

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow, Adam Sanchez, and Tim Swinehart. 2018. 28 pages.
      A role-play activity engages students in building solidarity among different groups and organizations fighting fossil fuels and searching for alternatives.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: High School
    • Street scene woodcut | Zinn Education Project
    • Teaching Sacrifice Zones

    • Teaching Activity. By Rosemarie Frascella.
      Our extractive fossil fuel-based economy has always demanded that some people’s homes and health be sacrificed for the benefit of more privileged and powerful others. This article explores how one teacher engages her students in thinking about how “sacrifice zones” play out in their lives.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies |
    • Fighting for Okinawa — My Home, Not a Military Base

    • Article. By By Moé Yonamine. If We Knew Our History series. 2017.
      Despite the ongoing threat to cultural survival and island sovereignty caused by Japanese and U.S. military bases since WWII, Okinawans and their history are largely absent.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Asian American, Environment & Food, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy |
    • 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
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