KS3

Lesson plans
(revised February 2019)

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Speech making
Fake News
Having your say
Campaigning
Parliamentary democracy
Communities and identities
Human rights

Speech making

Lesson objective

How to prepare a short speech or take part in a debate

Key question

Why are people so nervous about speaking in public?

Success criteria

Explain the role of speech making in communicating ideas

Demonstrate an understanding of the main components of a successful speech

Practise constructing and delivering a short speech


Fake News

Learning objective

Develop skills to recognise news reports that are inaccurate or unreliable

Key question

Are there limits to freedom of expression?

Success criteria

Be able to identify fake or biased news

Be able to identify what news may cause offence and to which groups

Demonstrate sensitivity in dealing with controversial issues


Having your say

Learning objective

Learn how you can have your say in getting things changed for the better in your community

Key question

How straightforward is it for citizens to get their voice heard and changes made?

Success criteria

    Describe how you can use the democratic process to get your voice heard
    Identify some of the channels you can use to present your case
    List some of the actions you would take to get started

Lesson plan KS3 - Having your say


Campaigning

Lesson objectives

Learn how campaigning can be used by individual citizens working together to bring about change

Success criteria

    Identify the main elements of a successful campaign
    Choose topics that would be suitable for a campaign
    Devise a suitable slogan to describe a campaign

KS3 lesson plan - Campaigning


Parliamentary democracy

Learning objective

Learn how laws get made in democracies and the role citizens can play in the law making process.

Success criteria

   Describe the role of political parties in a democracy
   Describe the role of parliament
   Describe how democracy works elsewhere, e.g. in the European Union

This will take at least two lessons.

Lesson plan KS3 - Parliamentary democracy


Communities and identities

Learning objective

Learn what it means to be a UK citizen in a changing and diverse society

Success criteria and assessment activities


   Describe some of the different identities that people have
   Describe some of the ways that those differences reveal themselves
   State some of the values and behaviours UK citizens have in common

Lesson plan KS3 - Communities and Identities


Human rights

Learning objectives

Learn about different kinds of rights and responsibilities, how they are protected, and how some can conflict.

Key question/ Bigger picture: why are human rights important/ when did people starting defining human rights?

Success criteria

    Make a list of human rights
    Explain what they mean
    Describe how human rights are enforced
    Quote an example that shows that rights are linked to responsibilities


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