6 - Fairtrade Poems

In this lesson the pupils write poems about the positive effects of Fairtrade.

Curriculum Links
This lesson plan has links to Curriculum aims and programmes of study in English and to non-statutory programmes of study in PSHE and Citizenship.

Learning Objective
To write a poem.

Learning Outcome
Children have described the positive effects of Fairtrade through poetry.

Resources needed
10 slips of scrap paper for each pair, blu-tac

N.B. This lesson could be focussed around specific types of poetry such as haikus or sonnets. 
Students could be asked to write the poems from the point of view of one of the farmers or for younger children the acrostic form can be used (Using the letters of FAIRTRADE as the first letter of each line).

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Split the class into groups and provide each group with a large piece of paper with the letters of the alphabet written down one side. In their groups pupils have to think of words and phrases to do with Fairtrade for each letter of the alphabet.

For younger children, use the letters of 'FAIRTRADE' as a prompt instead of the whole alphabet or do the activity as a whole class.

Main Activity
In pairs pupils read the quotes and stories of raisin producers from EAC and MiFruta and then make a list of the different ways in which Fairtrade has made a difference in their lives. Pupils write some examples on 5 slips of paper.

Give each pair another 5 slips of paper. Pupils write down different words and phrases which describe Fairtrade and how the producers feel about it (e.g. happy, proud, over the moon).

The class then use the blu-tac to stick all of the slips of paper to the wall/board. Pairs choose 10 of these ideas to help them to write their poems. The class can also use their A-Z chart as a prompt.

The class may like to perform their poems to classmates.

Choose some of the key words the class identified in the lesson and split the class into teams. One volunteer from each team picks a word and then has to describe it to their team without using the word itself. If students guess it correctly the team gains a point.