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A Look at Cancer Alley, Louisiana

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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In this lesson, students explore an interactive map, learn about Cancer Alley, and take concrete action to address environmental injustice.

Step 1 - Inquire:Students explore the EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool to use real data to start thinking about the relationship between demographic and environmental indicators (also known as environmental justice indicators).

Step 2 - Investigate:Students watch a video about Cancer Alley to show an example of a Black community disproportionately affected by asthma, cancer, and death from COVID-19 that will spark a classroom discussion on what the role of government and business should be in this issue.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students write a letter to a government official or business leader urging them to take action. Students can also create a social media post raising awareness about environmental justice.

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Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

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