New Jersey English Journal

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In this article, we consider the following question: "What’s next for ELA? Over the next 10 years, how will our students change? How might we need to change? Which traditions and practices will (or should) grow obsolete, and which should be preserved?" Our aim is to help teachers find ways to bring "climate literacy" into their classrooms and to help teachers recognize the central role that ELA as a discipline can play in educating students about the environment and climate change. We see this topic as highly engaging for students, and we want teachers to reconsider and reanimate older approaches to teaching about "man vs. nature" through literature, nonfiction, and multimodal texts.