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Imtiaz Dharker describes the process of writing 'The Right Word'. Her commentary is illustrated with footage of urban scenes and her own performance of extracts from the poem.
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6 May 2011

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to explore the power of language to influence identity. Students are given a variety of images of different people taken from magazines and newspapers. Each pair receives an image and one partner composes a few lines of poetry portraying the subject in a sympathetic way eg a picture of a young unkempt teenager is described as a homeless runaway fleeing an abusive home life. The partner then writes about the image in a very negative way eg describing the teenager as a criminal or a waster of opportunity. What conclusions about the power of 'The Right Word' can students draw?

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