Lesson Plan

Protecting Wilderness

Would you live in a tree for three years to protect a redwood forest? Viewers of Rainhouse Cinema's Among Giants documentary consider the actions of Earth First! environmental activists who moved into the treetops of a grove of giant redwoods to prevent clear cutting of the forest.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members investigate the current state of environmental protections in place in the California redwood forests and the controversies surrounding the McKay community forest
  • In addition, have groups investigate other young activists who have developed programs designed to make a positive change in the world
Classroom Considerations
  • A link to the 13-minute film is provided in the Included Materials section of this review
  • The six-page packet includes background on EarthFirst!, discussion questions, and writing prompts
  • None
Common Core