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Medium (5-11 activities)
Thank You for The Rain offers an engaging and moving non-fiction text for pupils, aged 11-14, as a means of exploring a range of writing approaches through a Kenyan farmer's first-hand experience of climate change. The lessons work as stand-alone pieces for teachers looking to target individual assessment objectives, or can be taught as one cohesive unit as an imaginative and current non-fiction text.
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.
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.
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.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 5: The Rain Comes
Lesson Four - Leading with Language
Highlights the importance of emotive language in achieving effects and influencing readers, using Kisilu's experience of a vital COP conference as a basis for learning.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 7: Kisilu Gets News
Lesson Five - Voting with our Feet
Students take the matter into their own hands. Using their language skills to form powerful arguments as part of a class debate, students will discuss how to combat climate change.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 9: Buying a Suit, Clip 10: Forging Ahead
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