The Power of our Voices

Protest songs, human rights and the lyrics of social change

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16PDF

This pack from Amnesty International UK has been written for teachers of 11-16 year old students. It explores how protest songs have inspired, informed and united movements and changed history. It introduces students to current artists who are using words and music to make a stand for human rights and fight for change. And it encourages them to discover the power of their own voices by writing their own protest lyrics.

The pack includes a DVD with a play script, three lessons and accompanying resources including PowerPoints, worksheets and film clips. It can be used in:

  • English to improve literacy outcomes by inspiring students to be creative and imaginative in their use of language
  • Citizenship/PSE/PSHEE to make human rights relevant to students and get them involved in informed and responsible action through songwriting
  • Music by encouraging students to engage with music from different times, cultures and contexts, and inspire them to create their own compositions
  • Cross-curricular work and drop-down days
  • Assemblies promoting students’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual development

This film clip provides further information about the pack and its contents:


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