One Mile Away: 14-16 English

One Mile Away - Doc Academy
One Mile Away - Doc Academy




Short (1-4 activities)

This four-lesson series uses short clips from the documentary One Mile Away, in which two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham attempt to bring peace to their neighbourhoods. The lessons provide fertile ground for students to have rich and fascinating spoken interactions, guiding them through the core principles of effective speaking and listening including working towards a written speech judged for persuasive techniques and/or mediation techniques.

Lesson One - What is a Gang?

Focusing on understanding what makes a gang, this lesson opens up the discussion of how gangs can affect different parts of the community they inhabit whilst encouraging students to take part in a written discussion.

Learning objective:

  • Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. 

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 1: Burgers & Johnsons

Lesson Two - Why Do Gangs Exist?

Focusing on the causes and effects of being in a gang, this lesson uses introductory clips from One Mile Away to look at the necessary conditions that can create gang culture, using group discussion to develop their ideas. 

Learning objective:

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 1: Burgers & Johnsons, Clip 2: Cameras in the Hood

Lesson Three - Can Gang Warfare End?

Developing speech writing skills, this lesson allows students to use evidence to create a persuasive argument for why gangs should end. To do this they must also consider other people's points of views and counter arguments. 

Learning objective:

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. 
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references. 

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 4: Who is the Real Enemy?, Clip 5: Shabba and Dylan Meet

Lesson Four - How Can the Conflict be Resolved?

Focusing on learning and using mediation techniques, based on what they have seen in One Mile Away. Students use a forum style method to try out these techniques and evaluate their effectiveness through role-play and class debate.

Learning objectives:

  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. 
  • Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts. 
  • Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting. 
  • Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations. 
  • Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 6: Peace Talks, Clip 7: A Plea to Do Better

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