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8. Tales of the river

By Martin Crabbe | March 05 2019

8. Tales of the river

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Education

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    Climate Action 8 (#Love London. Love the World.)

    Target audience: Key Stage 3 English students

    1. Global Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

    Before you start reading and writing stories about the River Thames in section 2 look at the cartoon strip below. It focuses on Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, something we sometimes take for granted in London. Do you know where your water comes from? Do you know where your toilet waste goes to? What role does the River Thames play in this? What role did it play in the past? Now, with these things in mind, start section 2.

    2. Tales of the River

    The Thames has run through the imagination of London’s storytellers and poets throughout time. This unit will support students’ appreciation of the role of the River Thames in literature, as a metaphor for the city or as a canvas for the writer’s hopes, fears and dreams. Students will study and compare the figurative language chosen to convey the river by a range of powerful writers, including Conrad, Dickens, Wordsworth, Selvon and Duffy. Inspired by their reading and a visit to the Thames, students will capture the river in their own descriptive writing, enhancing their work with rich new vocabulary, imagery and symbolism.

    With special mention to the Museum of London, Margaret de Heer, the Little Consulting Company and A New Direction.

    Click here for the resource on Tales of the River

    3. 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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Martin Crabbe