English Literature KS3 / GCSE: 'The Right Word' by Imtiaz Dharker (poem only)
Imtiaz Dharker performs her poem, 'The Right Word', in an urban setting.
This is from the series: Poets in Person
This clip can be used to explore the power of language to influence our opinions.
Students could find an image of a child from a magazine or newspaper.
They are given the keywords from the poem eg terrorist, freedom fighter, martyr, guerilla warrior, a child like my own, a child like yours etc.
Students use each of these different labels, to create different newspaper captions for the same image.
What conclusions can students draw about choosing the 'right' words?
This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England and Northern Ireland. Also English Language at KS3 and English Literature at GCSE in Wales.
This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales and CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland.