Thank You For The Rain: 14-16 English

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

Ages

14–16

Duration

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. 

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 

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. 

Lesson Objective: 

  • To analyse language choices in emotive speech.

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. 

Lesson Objective: 

  • To debate some of the topics raised in the documentary.

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 9: Buying a Suit, Clip 10: Forging Ahead

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 14-16 - Full Lesson Plan

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 14-16 - Lesson 1

Story and structure.

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 14-16 - Lesson 2

Powers of persuasion.

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 14-16 - Lesson 3

Stormy weather.

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 14-16 - Lesson 4

Leading with language.

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Thank You for the Rain - English - 14-16 - Lesson 5

Voting with our feet.

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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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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 7 - Kisilu Gets News

Following his speech at COP, Kisilu received news about the conference.

Duration: 9:09 mins

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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 9 - Buying a Suit

Kisilu buys a suit for his trip to Paris and prepares his letter to the UN.

Duration: 0:44 secs

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Thank You for the Rain - Clip 10 - Forging Ahead

We take a look at Kisilu's onward journey as he continues his work.

Duration: 2:08 mins

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This Resource Supports

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

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