33. Write a Climate Change crime story set in London

By Martin Crabbe | April 25 2019

33. Write a Climate Change crime story set in London

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    Climate Action 33: Write a Climate Change crime story set in London (Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals)

    Target audience: KS3 English students

    Task Introduction

    In Section 2 of this task you are going to write a crime story that involves the concept of climate change. You will be working with some real, some imaginary and some virtual partners.

    • Real partners: you will develop your ideas and solutions on climate change by debating them with your classmates. Your teacher will work with you to help you produce work you are proud of
    • Imaginary partners: your story will use characters that you have invented/ included. These imaginary partners will help you bring your story to life.
    • Virtual (but real) partners: You are unlikely to meet the climate scientists and the other people that provided your research material. Their work will help you provide context to your story.

    To reduce the impacts of Climate Change the world needs partnerships: people from different backgrounds working together, sharing and challenging ideas and solutions.

    Good luck with your story!

    1. The Climate Change debate

    Before you write your crime story you will get a chance to develop your thoughts on the Climate Change by debating some of the issues around them. You will need to do some research and preparation ahead of this debate. Follow the resource below but focus specifically on climate change rather than all the Global Goals.

    Click here to see the resource The Global Goals debate

    Tip: There are lots of great places to research climate change. If you don’t know where to start why not look at these great resources on Climate Change by WWF here.


    1. Write a Climate Change crime novel set in London

    For this next task, students will learn about London’s rich 19th century tradition of Gothic and detective fiction. They will draw on this knowledge and their experience of visiting a relevant London site to inform their creative writing and comparisons with contemporary detective fiction. The only change to the set task is that students should introduce climate change into their crime story.

    Click here to see the resource Mysterious London.

    With special mention to the Museum of London and A New Direction


    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
      • End extreme poverty
      • Fight inequality and injustice
      • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.


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