Project Resilience - a high school curriculum about the environmental challenges facing Gulf coastal communities

Lesson 1: Changing Louisiana

The first lesson of the Project Resilience curriculum introduces students to the anchoring phenomenon: that coastal Louisiana is changing, and people in the region are vulnerable for many reasons. A lesson plan, including teacher instructions, is linked below.

  • Lesson 1: Changing Louisiana - Students analyze local news stories using a cooperative learning strategy to learn how coastal change is affecting people in these communities, and create a driving question board to discover what questions students have about this topic.

Time Required

  • Teacher Preparation Time: 20 minutes to gather supplies, review materials
  • Class Time: 50 minutes for activities and discussion

Science Standards

Louisiana Student Standards for Science:

  • HS-ESS3-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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