Consider how your choice of words can be powerful
By the end of the lesson, the children will have tried to understand how words can be powerful for good and bad.
- Play Chinese whispers – Set up a game of Chinese whispers. Start with some juicy gossip (that you pretend that you should not really tell the children!!!) such as, “The Head Teacher told me that they were going to dye their hair bright red” or something about a current celebrity. You may also wish to keep this secret from one of the members of the class and use this to discuss how he/she felt being left out of the conversation.
- Option 1: Shape Poetry – Using examples as a guide, ask children to create a poem based on a powerful word of their choice. It should be written in the shape of the word that they have chosen. Children to draft their poem and have teacher check for errors before copying it up in neat and ready for display.
- Option 2: Drama – Children to think of different scenarios where words are powerful for good or for bad. Children to act out alternative scene endings to give the message that words are very important.
Example: Telling someone you love them, telling someone you hate them.
- Watch advert showing the power of words – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU. This advert shows how changing your words can change how people view you.