The Power of the Pen

Developing literacy for students aged 11-14

KS3: ages 11-14PDFFilmWebsite

Every year thousands of people write letters to halt human rights abuse, holding governments to account and protecting lives with the support of Amnesty. Writing letters on behalf of people whose rights are at risk is a way for young people to explore urgent global issues as they build skills in literacy, self-expression and persuasive writing. Through this pack students will discover the impact their words can have as they write letters in support of real people in real danger now.

This resource has been developed by literacy specialists to support literacy outcomes and is directly mapped to UK national curricula. It includes two lessons and accompanying PowerPoint, activity sheets, case studies (which are regularly updated), film clip and curricular links. It can be taught as two one-hour lessons or one lesson with homework.

This pack is for KS3 English, Citizenship, Geography, Religious Studies/RMPS and Humanities teachers, Literacy Coordinators, and all teachers seeking to build literacy across the curriculum and support whole school Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education.


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