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Literary Analysis using Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi)


As a High School and Undergraduate Humanities teacher in English, you can use this lesson plan to teach literary analysis of a novel (climate fiction).

The recently recognized literary genre of ‘Cli-Fi’ is a valuable means by which students can engage with key concepts of climate change and sustainability. Such texts allow for rich interdisciplinary approaches to learning about the human impacts on the natural environment. This introductory lesson is intended to be part of a senior high school unit of 5-6 weeks, focused on the teaching of the Australian novel ‘Anchor Point’ by Alice Robinson (Affirm Press, 2015). The story, focused on the experiences of the central character Laura, spans a period from 1984 to 2018; a time in which south eastern Australia experiences significant environmental events- floods, bushfires, drought-closely related to extreme weather events linked to climate change. While central themes in the novel relate more to family relationships, indigenous connection to land and personal identity, the impact of climate change on the natural and built environment in this region of Australia is a constant ‘character’.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in English Literature.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn to do a literary analysis of a fictional novel
  2. Know about a new genre in literature- Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi)
  3. Understand the impacts of climate change though a Cli-Fi novel

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Bernie McInerney and Emily Haegi, St Mary’s College, Adelaide, Australia.

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