Civic Actions to Impact the Future

Le Sortie de l'opéra


Students make connections between the past, present, and future of the environment through their own imaginings, analysis of a primary source image, and the poem “Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now” by Matthew Olzmann. After, students might assess waste or pollution in their school or local community, then consider actions they could take today to help positively impact the future by promoting environmentally friendly policies and/or programs.

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High School, Middle School


Civics, English Language Arts, Science


100-120 minutes


civic action, conservation, Earth Day, environment, environmental policies, environmental programs, future, letter, Matthew Olzmann, past, political cartoon, pollution, present, recycling, reuse, waste


Academy of American Poets

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