Map: Poetry & Environmental Justice

Indian Land Cessions


Students analyze NASA images depicting climate change and maps denoting Indian land cessions*, then read the poem “Map” by Linda Hogan. After, students discuss how the poem, images, and maps provide context to the theme of environmental justice. Students follow up and take action by researching local instances of environmental justice / injustice and write to one or more community leaders, expressing their opinion on an issue.

* compiled primarily from reports contained in Library of Congress collections

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High School, Middle School


Civics, English Language Arts, Science


120-160 minutes


climate change, environment, environmental justice, Indian land cessions, injustice, maps, NASA, native americans, poetry


Academy of American Poets

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