Human Significance of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Lesson Overview

A variety of different people are involved in oil spill response, clean up, and recovery of human and natural communities. People involved in and affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill have diverse perspectives on the disaster. Listening to their perspectives helps us learn about the complex impacts of oil spills on ecosystems, economies, cultures, mental and physical health, politics, and communities.


Students will gain a better understanding of the environmental, economic, psychological, political, and historical impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Students will consider the diverse perspectives of people involved in and affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Subject: Environmental Science, Social Science, Cultural-Native Studies, Government
Concept: None
Type: Classroom, Video
File type: lesson plan
Standard: 5-ESS3-1
Duration: 90-120 Minutes, >120 Minutes

File Type: pdf
Categories: Lesson Plans
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