1 - Crocodile Infested Waters
In this lesson the pupils write a newspaper report about a farmer being eaten by a crocodile in Malawi.
This lesson plan links to Curriculum aims and programmes of study in English and Geography, and to non-statutory programmes of study in Citizenship.
To write a newspaper report
Newspaper report about a farmer being eaten by a crocodile in Malawi.
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In pairs pupils mind map the different ways we use water in our daily lives (e.g. cooking, showers, drinking etc). Where does it come from? Discuss with the class the problems we would face if they had to travel to fetch water. Where might they find water in their local area? (e.g. a reservoir, lake, river etc.)
Look at the photo of the sign and Brian Namata’s story of how families used to fetch their water in Malawi. Using the Malawi Country profile, crocodile factsheet, producer stories and photos, in pairs, pupils write a short newspaper report of an incident where a farmer is eaten by a crocodile. Discuss the features of a newspaper report and what one might look like – talk about headline, summary etc. Pupils can focus on tone, language or function as appropriate.
(Younger children could draw a Fairtrade sign next to the Shire river instead of writing a report or some older or more able groups may like to act out a television report of the same incident, including interviews with witnesses and family members.)
As a class, discuss ideas for a second newspaper report about the community two years later, after the borehole has been dug. What has changed? Why has it changed?