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Words That Burn is a 10-session poetry education series for secondary and further education students.

Words That Burn: resources

Book and Activities: Alpha

Powerful graphic novel of one man’s journey from Côte d’Ivoire to France in search of his wife and son.

Session 9: respect

Students look at the subtleties and connotations of language, and the impact words have in describing a person or event.

Burn 9: respect

Session 7: speak up

Students explore how words can help process feelings of anger and helplessness – and bring about self-empowerment.

Burn 7: speak up

Session 5: witness

On film, poet Emtithal Mahmoud asks students to ‘bear witness’ to her experiences of genocide in Darfur.

Burn 5: witness

Session 4: change

Students learn that everyone has a role to play in upholding human rights – in their school, community and world.

Burn 4: change

Book and Activities: The Weight of Water

Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl.

Session 6: dignity

Students are inspired to write a poem from the perspective of someone who has experienced hate crime.

Burn 6: dignity

Book and Activities: The Bone Sparrow

These notes have been created to support students aged 12+ to explore the characters, storyline and issues in this book,