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Understanding Primary & Secondary Sources

Grade Level Grades 9-10
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment


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In this lesson, students learn about climate migrants, identify primary and secondary sources, and create informational posters about climate migrants.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students listen to and respond to a poem by a Marshallese woman seeking climate justice for her country.

Step 2 - Investigate:  Students learn to identify primary and secondary sources by analyzing short videos and articles about climate migrants.

Step 3 - Inspire:  Students create informational posters about climate migrants using both primary and secondary sources.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • Compare and contrast how different sources present information about climate migrants.
  • Identify reasons for climate migration, especially in the Pacific.
  • Use primary and secondary sources to design an informational poster about climate migrants.

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Climate Migrants_ Voices and Perspectives.pdf

Lesson Plan
October 25, 2023
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Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of view represented in the sources, the types of sources available, and the potential uses of the sources.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.


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