This step was completed Lesson 16: Eric’s Decisions and Consent when students engaged with Eric’s implied assault of Eva in An Inspector Calls, and when students read Chanel Miller’s sexual assault victim statement.
- Inform students that they will be preparing to write a persuasive speech regarding the importance of consent to be delivered to the students of a sixth-form college at the start of the academic year. If it is useful for your students to recap their knowledge of persuasive writing techniques, give them the Persuasive Techniques Word Match handout.
- As a class, brainstorm all the reasons why consent is important and write up the ideas on the board. If your students need help, encourage them to consider the impact that not seeking consent can have on the victims and perpetrators, and the impact that seeking consent can have on people in a relationship.
- Next, explain to students that to write an effective speech, they need to ensure that all of the claims that they use are well developed and link to the statement: All young people need to understand the importance of consent. They should support this argument by thinking of relevant claims, and thinking about how they can develop these claims with supporting ideas.
- To help them with this process, give your students the Persuasive Writing Planning Chart – Claim Development handout and project the example on the board or model your own, explicitly outlining your thinking.
Topic Statement: All young people need to understand the importance of consent
| Claim One | Not seeking consent can lead to sexual assault, with dire consequences for victims.
| Supporting Idea | Victims can lose confidence in who they are and how they live.
| Persuasive Device |
Descriptive Language: It is clear that assault carves deep scars into the minds of victims, haunting them.
Rhetorical question: How do you think it must feel to suddenly be scared about going outside?
| Supporting Idea | Victims can have their lives disrupted by painful and expensive court cases.
| Persuasive Device |
Emotive Appeal: Imagine what it must be like to stand in front of a room and relive a nightmare over and over as you are mercilessly questioned.
Statistic: Experienced lawyers can charge more than £200 per hour. in the UK!
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- Encourage your students to use ideas from Lesson 16: Eric’s Decisions and Consent, but also explain to them that when they are filling in their chart, they can be creative with their ideas, providing their ideas are realistic and relevant to the central argument of the speech.
- If helpful, you can give your students the following claims or brainstorm potential claims as a class on the board:
- Acting without consent can destroy a victim’s life.
- Consent is a fundamental human right.
- Not seeking consent can impact the lives of those who are accused of assault.
- Consent is very simple to seek.
- Consent shows respect.