Thank You For The Rain: 11-14 English

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




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

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