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A Vanishing Island

A Vanishing Island

Students watch a 9-minute film, "Isle de Jean Charles," by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a tiny island community off the Louisiana coast. The film explores the changes taking place on the island through the lives of two residents whose families are facing a future where rising seas, coastal erosion, and storms are threatening to wash their home away. In this lesson, students discuss the effects of hurricanes and the advantages and disadvantages for living near the coast. Students will participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of cultural displacement and the effects of environmental change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. Concepts of comprehending and analyzing multimedia, structure and content of the media, identify and discuss related environmental themes in class discussions.