Read the poem in front of you.What is it about?What details do you know about the event?Why do you think the author Carol AnnDuffy thinks we should kneel on thestreet?What do you think is meant by the wordsin the last line ‘ nobody’s children’?
After the evening prayers at the mosque,came the looters in masks,and you three stood,beloved in your neighbourhood,brave, bright, brothers,to be who you were –a hafiz is one who has memorisedthe entire Koran;a devout man –then the man in the speeding carwho purposefully mounted the kerb …
I think we all should kneelon that English street,where he widowed your pregnant wife, Shazad,tossed your soul to the air, Abdul,and brought your father, Haroon, to his knees,his face masked in only your bloodon the rolling newswhere nobodys children riot and burn.
UK Riots 2011Learning objectives:• To critically examine the UK Riots2011• To gain an overview of the Riots• To investigate the event from otherpoints of view
PLTS objectiveIndependent enquirerI can explore issues, events or problemsfrom different points of view.
Habits of mindListening to others withunderstanding and empathy.
Birmingham for Tariq Jahanby Carol Ann DuffyBBC news clip hyperlinked tophoto (www.redcross.org.uk)
Watch the news clip.How do Tariq Jahan’s words relate to the subject ofcitizenship?How do you think he feels about the death of his son?Why is this speech so powerful?How does it compare to the speeches of the politicians?He speaks of people as one, irrespective of race or ethnicity.Do you think this is unusual? Are you aware of otherexamples?
Event timelineUsing the newspaper articles produceyour own timeline of events.Be creative and put it together how youlike – maps of the UK and atlases areavailable for you to use.The best examples may be used fordisplay.
• You and your partner have been given arole card.• Imagine it is the 10 August 2011 and theriots are just starting to dissipate (calmdown).• Discuss what your character will bethinking and feeling at this point and howthey feel about the recent events.• Be prepared with answers to come to thefront to take questions in the hot seat.• Prepare some questions to ask otherpeople.