PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP - Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 4:30pm - 7pm

Location: Kellogg Conference Center & Hotel - Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

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Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents:
Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Cost: $65 (includes the text and light refreshments)

This year's Pre-Conference Workshop is entitled “Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference.”  The learning will be facilitated by Ms. Toby Kahn-Loftus, Director of the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project and one of our MCTE Reps-at-Large.  The pre-conference session will be framed around a powerful new text co-published by the National Council of Teachers of English and Routledge which all participants will receive:

Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents:
Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference

By Richard Beach, Jeff Share, Allen Webb

“It’s not climate change—it’s everything change.” Margaret Atwood, 2016

“Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  Native American Proverb

Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents is THE essential resource for middle and high school English language arts teachers to help their students understand and address the urgent issues and challenges facing life on Earth today.  Classroom activities written and used by teachers show students posing questions, engaging in argumentative reading and writing and critical analysis. Interpreting portrayals of climate change in literature and media, and adopting advocacy stances to promote change. The book illustrates climate change fitting into existing courses using already available materials and gives teachers tools and teaching ideas to support building this into their own classrooms.” (NCTE 2017 Catalog, page 25.)  

For a look at several resources visit the wiki website for the book created by the authors at:  We will jigsaw several key chunks of the text together and share our ideas and noticings with one another. We want everyone to leave with a great idea for immediately implementing this critical topic into their own ELA classroom.  Please feel free to bring your own device to explore the many online resources.

We hope to see you on Thursday, October 19, 2017! 
(4:30 snacks, registration, materials, introductions)
Session Content Runs From: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

If you wish to register by mail, please use the paper registration form.  Registration questions should be directed to MCTE Executive Director Jim Kroll at


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Alex Wise wrote
at 3:16am on Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Woah! And not about the whole being 40 thing and not being able to label her ‘girl’friend.. Woah about the compatibility assessment. I wonder how many married couples would pass that.
at 4:24am on Friday, January 25th, 2019

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