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Thank You For the Rain - English KS4 Key Language skills
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Thank You For the Rain - English KS4 Key Language skills

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Lesson plans to accompany free film clips from the award-winning documentary Thank You For the Rain. Clips are free to stream or download from Doc Academy [https://docacademy.org/tyftr/] These units take students from the farmlands of Kenya to the international climate change summit COP21 in Paris, helping teachers bring issues of global citizenship and responsibility into these core curriculum subject areas. For English, the clips provide a combination of first and third person narration as well as vivid and emotive scenes for rich creative writing prompts. Following Kenyan farmer Kisilu and his family as they battle the harsh reality of climate change we are shown how his natural talents as a motivational and persuasive speaker help change community and global attitudes. Thank You For The Rain offers an engaging and moving non-fiction text for pupils to use a stimulus to develop multiple English Language skills. The documentary uses a combination of first and third person narration as well as vivid and emotive scenes providing rich creative writing prompts. As we follow Kisilu (a Kenyan farmer) and his family, battling the harsh reality of climate change we are shown how his natural talents as a motivational and persuasive speaker help change community and global attitudes. The lesson plans cover all of the KS4 English Language assessment objectives. The lessons work as stand alone pieces for teachers looking to target individual AOs or can be taught as one cohesive unit as an imaginative and current non-fiction text.
InRealLife - Young people & the web
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InRealLife - Young people & the web

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With film education charity Into Film and inspired by documentary InRealLife, we look at the complex relationship young people have with the web. From the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, InRealLife looks at positive and negative effects and seeks to raise understanding about the webs impact on the lives of the young people who use it so actively. Opening discussion and debate on Internet-related issues, this KS4 full scheme of work comprises of 5 units tied directly to English National Curriculum, with pointers to ICT, PSHCE & Media Studies.
Thank You For the Rain KS3 English Language - climate change and critical thinking
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Thank You For the Rain KS3 English Language - climate change and critical thinking

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Lesson plans to accompany free film clips from the award-winning documentary Thank you for the Rain. Clips are free to stream or download from Doc Academy [https://docacademy.org/tyftr/] Thank You For The Rain offers an engaging and moving non-fiction text for pupils to use a stimulus to develop multiple English Language skills. The documentary uses a combination of first and third person narration as well as vivid and emotive scenes providing rich creative writing prompts. As we follow Kisilu (a Kenyan farmer) and his family, battling the harsh reality of climate change we are shown how his natural talents as a motivational and persuasive speaker help change community and global attitudes. The lesson plans cover all of the KS3 English Language assessment objectives. The lessons work as stand alone pieces for teachers looking to target individual AOs or can be taught as one cohesive unit as an imaginative and current non-fiction text.
Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #2 "Meeting Hassan"
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Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #2 "Meeting Hassan"

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In this lesson, students meet Hassan, an English teacher from Syria who shares his experience of leaving his country to travel to Europe. Students will use his story and narrative to analyse clips and texts for information and understanding, identifying information that is explicit from what is implied. For the relevant free clips visit https://www.docacademy.org
Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #4 "Calais"
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Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #4 "Calais"

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In this lesson students focus on the physical description of the Calais Migrant Camp and develop their own creative response. They will be demonstrating understanding of a literary conceit as an effective form of communication. For the relevant free clips visit https://www.docacademy.org
Taking Action! Teach students about social change with Malala
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Taking Action! Teach students about social change with Malala

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This Activity Toolkit is designed to expand on the DocAcademy lesson plans surrounding the He Named Me Malala documentary, and to engage pupils with local and global activism. Students can take action and Stand #WithMalala, think about their own rights and issues, and take action for their own causes. Activities like these can be used alongside the DocAcademy lesson plans, to engage after-school groups, form and tutor groups, as part of assemblies or year-group projects. The toolkit is full of practical ideas for use in and outside the classroom, and can be taught across English, RE, PHSE, Politics or Citizenship modules - any where students can learn and engage with social change.
Teach with Malala - KS5 English six-part lesson plan
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Teach with Malala - KS5 English six-part lesson plan

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This six-lesson unit is rooted in exploring the themes and issues portrayed in the He Named Me Malala documentary. The film introduces students to discussions surrounding unity, peace and education in the face of terrorism. These thought-provoking topics help to facilitate discussion among students, introduce them to writer’s purpose, as well as stimulate creative and non-fiction writing. These lessons are designed to help students develop their skills in English Language and Literature at Key Stage Five level for both the UK and Scottish Curriculum.
Bring climate change to life - Geography KS3 lesson plans and film clips
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Bring climate change to life - Geography KS3 lesson plans and film clips

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Full scheme of work to accompany free film clips from the award-winning climate change documentary Thank You For the Rain. Download clips for use in class free from Doc Academy This unit focuses on Kisilu Musya’s story as a way to explore the issue of climate change and the geographical processes that underpin it. Lesson 1 examines Kisilu’s life in rural Kenya and how changing climatic conditions are affecting his ability to farm and support his family. Lesson 2 highlights some of the challenges that Kisilu faces when trying to convince members of his community to join his fight against climate change. It touches upon developmental issues whilst encouraging students to develop their oracy skills. In Lesson 3 Kisilu delivers a speech at COP21 in Paris. Students are encouraged to consider the viewpoints of different countries and how a global agreement was reached. The extent to which the Paris Agreement can protect farmers like Kisilu from the effects of climate change is also discussed. The final lesson asks students to demonstrate what they’ve learnt about climate change by encouraging them to share their own message about climate change with others.
Chasing Ice - Georgraphy Lesson plans
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Chasing Ice - Georgraphy Lesson plans

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This unit for Geography KS3/4 focuses on an issue that students will be increasing familiar with from the news and their studies in geography and science: climate change. Through clips from ‘Chasing Ice’, students apply their knowledge about climate change to the context of glaciers and glacial retreat. The lesson series starts with Lesson 1 which focuses on the debate around climate change, considering what students already know, what they still need to find out and why there is such debate over what might happen in the future. Lesson 2 explores how glaciers can be used to reconstruct past climate and how climate has changed naturally in the past, before Lesson 3 looks specifically at how glaciers and ice sheets around the world are changing. To draw together knowledge from the series, Lesson 4 allows students to reflect on what they’ve learnt and what the future might hold for glaciers. The Film: Chasing Ice. Dir. Jeff Orlowski Glaciers are receding at an alarming rate not previously seen due to atmospheric and oceanic warming. James Balog, an award-winning nature photographer and geomorphologist, sets out to combine his love of nature and photography and capture the visual evidence that glaciers are disappearing rapidly by photographing 22 different sites in Iceland, Alaska, and Greenland over a period of 5 years using video and time-lapse photography. Blalog is also confronted with health issues and risks while conducting the study with his team, and the film provides a deep, personal connection between he and his family in regards to his love of exploration and nature photography. Stream the full film on Amazon now. There are six clips attached to this resource. You may find links to direct downloads below. You must register/login into your Doc Academy account to access these. Both the Doc Academy account and clips are free; Clip 1: Introduction to the EIS team and the media debate Duration: 10m 17s Download here. Clip 2: The scepticism behind climate change and the atmospheric evidence Duration: 6m 14s Download [here]( https://docacademy.org/films/38/chasing-ice-uk/clips/235/2-chasing-ice-clip-2/download/ Clip 3: Memory of the landscape Duration: 2m 58s Download here Clip 4: Cryoconite and the reality of the situation Duration: 3m 34s Download here Clip 5: The deep connection Duration: 1m 31s Download [here](https://docacademy.org/films/38/chasing-ice-uk/clips/238/5-chasing-ice-clip-5/download/ Clip 6: Measurable changes and the calving effect Duration: 6m 43s Download here
Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #3 "The Journey"
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Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #3 "The Journey"

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In this lesson, students will use clips showing them aspects of Hassan’s journey from Syria to Europe to reflect on the techniques that storytellers use to build suspense, drama, and provide clues as to what will happen next in a non-fiction context. For the relevant free clips visit https://www.docacademy.org
Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #5 "Responsibility"
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Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #5 "Responsibility"

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In this lesson, students reflect on Hassan, his character and his story, listen to others’ views and express their own, and find out what happened to him in the documentary Exodus. They then open up their reflections to read unseen texts about the migrant crisis from a variety of perspectives to compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed. For the relevant free clips visit https://www.docacademy.org
Stand with Malala - English KS3-4 six-part lesson plan
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Stand with Malala - English KS3-4 six-part lesson plan

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This six-lesson unit is rooted in exploring the themes and issues portrayed in the He Named Me Malala documentary. The film introduces students to discussions surrounding unity, peace and education in the face of terrorism. These thought-provoking topics help to facilitate discussion among students, introduce them to writer’s purpose, as well as stimulate creative and non-fiction writing. These lessons are designed to help students develop their skills in English by providing inspiring stimulus and thought-provoking activities that combine numerous Assessment Objectives. The plans can be used alongside clips from the film that are freely available at www.docacademy.org/malala
Climate change KS5 Geography - real human stories to teach Global Governance, Water & Carbon cycles
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Climate change KS5 Geography - real human stories to teach Global Governance, Water & Carbon cycles

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This two-unit resource accompanies 10 film clips from the film Thank You For the Rain - available free on Doc Academy Thank You For The Rain touches upon core Geographical themes including the role of carbon and water cycles in shaping our environment and how humans both drive and mitigate against environmental change. Using film to examine these processes from the point of view of a Kenyan farmer turned climate activist, helps to bring them to life for students. This two-lesson unit covers physical and human processes within the curriculum, demonstrating how they are in fact interlinked. They could be used as a segue between the core themes of Water and Carbon Cycles and Global Governance. Lesson 1 focuses on the links between the carbon and water cycles and the role of feedback mechanisms in Kitui county, Kenya. Students will require some prior knowledge of the how these cycles work before embarking on this lesson. Lesson 2 follows on from Lesson 1 by assessing the role global agreements in mitigating against the effects of rising C02 levels and climate change and what this may mean for farmers such as Kisilu.
Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #1 "Exodus"
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Exodus English KS3-5 Lesson #1 "Exodus"

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In this lesson students focus on analysing a short text based on a documentary clip, creating questions to analyse it and pointing out structures that build narrative. For the relevant free clips visit https://www.docacademy.org
Ping Pong - KS3 English - Full Lesson Plan
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Ping Pong - KS3 English - Full Lesson Plan

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From TES English & Doc Academy. In this series of lesson plans and resources, students explore their ability to develop a range of points about a given topic, using the documentary Ping Pong. All film clips for use with the resource pack are available for free via Doc Academy’s website. www.docacademy.org
'Chasing Coral' Geography Lesson plans
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'Chasing Coral' Geography Lesson plans

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This unit for KS3/4 Geography focuses on one of the most important ecosystems on our planet but one that is under severe threat: the coral reefs. Whilst many students know of coral reefs, they may not understand the intricate interconnections between flora and fauna and these lessons seek to highlight this alongside the many challenges facing the reefs. Lesson 1 introduces the ecosystem and considers why they are so fragile. Students look at where coral reefs are found, the climatic conditions that they require and why this may create problems in the future. Lesson 2 highlights the key role of coral reefs as part of a biodiverse ecosystem by exploring food chains and food webs and how they operate. In Lesson 3, the threat to coral reefs from climate change and bleaching is discussed in depth. The final lesson draws together the knowledge gained from the previous lessons to consider what the future holds for coral reefs. The lesson ends with a class vote: is it too late to save the coral reefs? The Film: Chasing Coral. Jeff Orlowski Coral reefs are disappearing at an alarming rate due to outside forces such as ocean warming. Zackary Rago, a biologist and self-proclaimed “coral nerd”, and Richard Vevers, an underwater photographer, embark upon a mission with a team of scientists, engineers, and cinematographers in an immersive ocean experience to capture the elusive phenomenon of coral bleaching to reveal it to the world like never seen before. The accompanying clips for Chasing Coral can not be uploaded on tes, you can download them directly from our website: Clip 1: Introduction to the ocean with Richard Vevers Duration: 1m 33s Download [here](http://(https://docacademy.org/films/37/chasing-coral-uk/clips/229/1-chasing-coral-clip-1/download/) Clip 2: Meeting with Dr Ruth Gates and Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg Duration: 9m 29s Download [here] (https://docacademy.org/films/37/chasing-coral-uk/clips/230/2-chasing-coral-clip-2/download/) Clip 3: The importance of the coral ecosystem Duration: 4m 6s Download here Clip 4: Global climate change over time Duration: 3m 40s Download here Clip 5: Impact of the coral ecosystem Duration: 2m 51s Download here You can also stream the entire Chasing Coral film on Netflix here.