Thank You For The Rain: 11-14 English

Thank You For the Rain - Doc Academy
Thank You For the Rain - Doc Academy

Ages

11–14

Duration

Short (1-4 activities)

This engaging and moving three lesson series, for pupils aged 11-14, uses the documentary Thank You for the Rain to explore a combination of first and third person narration and vivid, rich creative writing prompts as we follow Kisilu (a Kenyan farmer) and his family, battling the harsh reality of climate change. These lessons work as stand-alone pieces or can be taught as one cohesive non-fiction unit.

Lesson One - Story and Structure

Students use film analysis skills to develop their narrative writing, whilst learning about Kisilu's life and his quest to fight against climate change.

Lesson Objective:

  • To use a range of structural features to create a narrative.
  • Clip(s) to Use - Clip 2: Seeking a Loan

Lesson Two - Powers of Persuasion

Focusing on persuasive techniques, students examine how Kisilu influences other farmers to combat climate change.

Lesson Objective:

  • To evaluate the effectiveness of persuasive techniques.
  • Clip(s) to Use - Clip 3: Planting Trees, Clip 4: Climate Change

Lesson Three - Stormy Weather

Students, through group and individual work, develop sensory writing skills to write descriptively, using Kisilu's experience of a storm as a stimulus.

Lesson Objective:

  • To write creatively about a dramatic event.
  • Clip(s) to Use - Clip 5: The Rain Comes

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 11-14 - Full Lesson Plan

The full unit of three lessons for Thank you for the Rain - English 11-14.

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Thank You for the Rain -English 11-14 - Lesson 1

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Thank You for the Rain -English 11-14 - Lesson 2

Powers of persuasion

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Thank You for the Rain -English 11-14 - Lesson 3

Stormy weather

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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 2 - Seeking a Loan

Kisilu applies for a loan so he can run a taxi service when he can't farm.

Duration: 2:54 mins

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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 3 - Planting Trees

Kisilu speaks to his community about the importance of planting trees.

Duration: 4:51 mins

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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 4 - Climate Change

Kisilu visits other farmers in his community to talk about climate change.

Duration: 9:40 mins

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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 5 - The Rain Comes

The rain arrives, showing us both its positive and negative effects.

Duration: 6:58 mins

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This Resource Supports

  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Politics
  • PSHE Education

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